Chicken Coops Designed by ISU Students on Display

A chicken in its chicken ark in the backyard of an eastside Iowa City home on Monday, July 9, 2012. (Matt Nelson/The Gazette - KCRG-TV9)

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By Rachel Begle

AMES, Iowa (AP) - Chicken coops designed by new architecture students at Iowa State University are on display.

The 20 coops, with names ranging from "The Griddle" to "Raise the Roost," went on display Monday at the southeast lawn of the College of Design building. They will be there until Oct. 25.

More than 80 new majors in the professional architecture degree program participated in the project, which involve coops that house between three and five chickens. Students had a little over two weeks to complete the project.

Students needed to research chicken care basics, conceptualize their designs, salvage or purchase materials, and manage a budget.

The coops will be auctioned at the Ames farmers market on Oct 26. Proceeds will reimburse costs and benefit the school's chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

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