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Martha's Chicken Coops

The Martha Stewart Show, Episode 5128

More and more people in the United States are raising chickens for their eggs, and Martha, who has been keeping chickens of her own for more than 30 years, couldn't be happier. In the first part of the twentieth century, just about everyone -- particularly women -- kept chickens to both eat their eggs and earn money by selling them. Now, their popularity is soaring, as recounted in the New Yorker article "The It Bird," by author and chicken owner Susan Orlean.

Martha's chickens, which produce eggs in a variety of colors -- including white, brown, pale green, and even blue pastel -- reside in four custom-built coops. Unlike traditional chicken coops, these structures have doors on either end that slide from side to side, rather than opening out, for easy access. The frames were built using wood from fallen trees, while the roof uses slate tiles recycled from an old Vermont house. Inside, these coops contain heat lamps for young chicks and special water containers that won't freeze during cold winter months.

Comments (8)

  • DebC3 3 May, 2014

    Does Martha know about coop floors? I've seen them at coopfloor.com .... they seem very clean....

  • omamel 26 Sep, 2011

    I couldn't get the video to work, but I found the program in bits and pieces on Youtube thanks to someone called Kristen Gunn. I finally convinced my husband that we can successfully raise chickens. I can't wait!

  • debrasstudio 7 Apr, 2010

    Oh my gosh I LOVED this show!! We have 2.5 acres on the Indian River in Florida

  • catsnchicks 6 Apr, 2010

    I loved the chicken show, and all the hens in the audience. I was looking forward to checking out the video of Martha's coops, but for some reason it didn't play.

  • mernan 5 Apr, 2010

    Coincidentally, two weeks ago I started my chicken flock with one Buff Ophington, one Rhode Island Red and last week, I added a Araucana. I have wanted chickens for years for my urban garden in Pasadena. They are so much fun to watch and they are growing so fast! It won't be long until I move them outside...and eggs probably in August!

  • BumbeBee 4 Apr, 2010

    Loved this episode on raising chickens! I'm inspired to raise my own soon. Can this show be aired online? I'd like to see it again!

  • BumbeBee 4 Apr, 2010

    Loved this episode! This was a great show on how to raise your own chickens! I'm inspired to raise my own soon (just have to get all the equipment

  • dinnerfortwo 3 Apr, 2010

    loved,loved,loved your chicken show!!!! i have 4 hens and i also only feed organic 'everything' to them...my eggs are the best! thanx again for your fab input into the lives of your viewers! sonia hofmann