A while back, there was some debate in Annapolis that permitting backyard egg-layers would stigmatize the town. The thinking seemed to go along the lines that people who raised their own food were not only poor, but also dirty, and having chickens in a neighborhood would decrease property values. One Council member even said ”Do we want to go forward, or do we want to go backward? We’re becoming a farm city.”
I hope that the trial period for allowing backyard hens is successful in proving this theory wrong.
I’ve posted before about my fondness for fresh eggs, and my daydreams of having layers and a picturesque coop. You’ve seen my fantasy chicken cottages. A little over-the-top for a chicken’s needs, indeed, a little extravagant for the No-Acre Homestead, but very pleasing to look at.
Well, Neiman Marcus has gotten into the act now, and the bar for designing chicken coops has been raised dramatically.
Talk about picture-perfect! And that’s just the exterior. Wait til you see inside…
Not sure what exactly you are admiring? Here’s the scoop, straight from the Neiman Marcus Christmas catalog:
Yes, the “La Petite Trianon” includes a living room, library, and chandelier for the pleasure of your chickens. It even includes custom-selected hens! I’m not sure about the raised beds…from what I hear, the hungry girls will demolish those in an afternoon. But I suppose that is the gardener’s problem.
The price for all this splendor? A cool $100,000. One. Hundred. Thousand. Dollars. Although delivery is not included, (Seriously? You’d think they could throw in a free truck ride for that price) Neiman Marcus is donating $3,000 from each sale to the The American Livestock Breeds Conservancy. So there’s that.
The Annapolis City Council should sit up after seeing this. Raising hens has become a sign of privilege, much like having a stable of polo ponies. At least with a chicken coop you can make an omelette to go with your champagne.
Don’t think you’ll get anything tasty out of the stable.2 Like This