The nogg

02 Dec 2010

I don't have chickens myself (no garden yet), but if I did I would have the following item on my wish list. Most chicken coops are ugly and you would place them out of sight. Not the case with the nogg. Finally something that doesn't need to be tucked away.

The nogg

The nogg is a modern chicken coop that has been designed in the shape of an egg. It has been designed to house 2-4 chickens, and it tries to promote domestic farming while adding a touch of playful elegance to sit beautifully in any garden, urban or rural environment. The nogg is designed to enhance and compliment its surroundings and fit sculpturally with this aesthetic assumption.

The Design

Engineered and crafted by hand in the UK, the nogg is made from strong cedar wood which is fresh scented and naturally antibacterial. Stainless steel trimming, locks & fasteners and the elevated glass dome gives the nogg a contemporary feel, and is reassuringly safe and durable. I love it when engineering meets design, and the result is a beautiful and unique object. Without a doubt the coolest chicken house I've seen so far!

  • Safe: Fox proof locks, latches and fixtures.
  • Ecological: Hand made from Cedar wood the nogg has a naturally fresh scent and is naturally resistant to bacteria.
  • Easy to clean: With a large hatch there is easy access to the removable base tray inside.
  • Durable: Cedar wood was chosen for its strength and durability. As the nogg weathers it will get better with age.
  • Name: nogg (Prototype 01A)
  • Designed by: Matthew Hayward and Nadia Turan
  • Engineered & hand made by: Matthew Hayward
  • Date: September 2010
  • Materials: Sustainably sourced Cedar wood, 316 stainless steel, glass & concrete base
  • Size: Height - 1.2 m x widest diameter - 80cm
The nogg, a modern chicken coop


  1. 1 Sean 02 Dec 2010

    Let’s see the inside stay clean. Um, probably not.

  2. 2 michael Short 02 Dec 2010

    it does look nice, although a tad small for 2 or even 1 chicken I think.

  3. 3 Matt Northam 05 Dec 2010

    Yeah, it does look very nice but doesn’t seem like the most pratical of hen-house solutions! Not to mention that the wood is a great place for redmite to thrive :-/. I have an Eglu for my hens, which is more of a chicken-based design solution (rather than a garden ornament) but still really nicely designed - not ugly at all, and the chickens loves it :)

  4. 4 Lauras 08 Dec 2010

    Looks nice, I agree with others, maybe not practical. Moss will grow on sides, which may make it look cool. and if you pour some sand or dirt on the bridge, it wont look as dirty. Chickens might be cold in the winter, I know Belgian winters are like Lithuanian, I feel blessed to live in Texas. Good luck!