Urban farming is enjoying a much-needed renaissance nowadays, with many city dwellers turning to at-home gardening, buying urban greenhouse-grown goods, or even raising their own micro-livestock. While the legality of such activities depends on local regulations, those who are able to do so often use some kind of chicken coop, be they permaculture-style "chicken tractors" or high-end, outrageously pricey types.
Seen over at Design Milk, the HØNS urban chicken coop by Danish traveller-designer Anker Bak is approached as a do-it-yourself puzzle that can be constructed with a handful of bolts, O-rings and string in under two hours. The idea is to have a structure for a chicken that can be placed on a city balcony, where the chicken can live out-of-doors while providing a family with fresh eggs, and endless hours of interaction with a chicken.
However, one major issue with the HØNS coop is that it seems way to small for one chicken -- with the scale chicken seen in the photos it looks no larger than a birdcage. Unless there are some miniature breeds of chicken out there, this coop just screams "claustrophobic chicken." From a chicken's standpoint, it seems that the restrictive dimensions would probably need to be jacked up quite a bit, probably sizing it out of most urban balconies.
It's an attempt to solve the problem of raising happy chickens in the city, but perhaps this cage-like coop could be combined with the chicken running free-range in the apartment -- while wearing chicken diapers of course. More over at Anker Bak's website.