New Chicken Coop at Children’s Magical Garden to be Shaped Like an Egg

Posted on: June 19th, 2015 at 5:13 am by

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Chickens roosting at the Children’s Magical Garden, Feb. 2013

Spring is the season marking the return of chicken coops. Each year, community gardens like M’Finda Kalunga and the Children’s Magical Garden import the wildlife for the entirety of summer (and fall). And now, chicken coops are making a return to both pocket parks.

While chickens have been roosting in M’Finda Kalunga for weeks, the Children’s Magical Garden is still making arrangements. Garden director Kate Temple-West informs us that foster chickens from the Earth Matter NY non-profit on Governors Island will soon arrive. And the avian friends will have a new coop to call home.

Thanks to a generous grant from Citizens Committee for NYC, the garden can now build a permanent coop for the seasonal visitors. One that’s art-leaning.

“It will be a month or so before [the chicken coop is] complete as it’s an art-coop in the shape of a giant egg,” Temple-West intimates.

Once up and running, community members who volunteer their time will be compensated with eggs.

Here’s more from the CCNYC website:

The garden is partnering with four local schools, teaching children science concepts and healthy nutrition through chicken care and chicken waste composting. It is also using the chickens to connect with new immigrants who are often intimidated by language barriers.

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