We just mentioned that everyone is chicken crazy. Chickens aren’t cuddly. They won’t sit in your lap (or at least I wouldn’t try). But, they’re reliable, produce eggs for food and are actually quite good pets.

Brooklynite architects Mitchell Snyder and Shelley Martin recently moved to Portland and while acclimating to their new surroundings and trying to launch a new architecture firm, Mitchell created his very first project in Portland: a hen house. Allowed three hens by Portland authorities, Mitchell designed a modernist 4′ cube with a 4′ x 15′ run with reclaimed cedar siding, windows for ventilation and a green roof.

Read the story and see more photos on Dwell.

Photos by John Clark.