Why go to the grocery store for eggs when you can visit your own backyard? The Rule the Roost Coop Design Challenge aims to make high quality, sustainable and humane chicken coops accessible to every-day people who want a low-cost way to get started with chicken keeping.
This Challenge seeks a novel design for an entry level chicken coop that meets standard requirements for the welfare and comfort of chickens, as well as being cost-effective, easy to ship and assemble, and a good-looking addition to anyone’s backyard. We welcome entrepreneurs, researchers, scientists, students, and anyone eager to contribute to jump into this challenge and to find a solution.
Quality chicken coops are expensive to make. For people who are new to raising chickens, it is often hard to justify the high price associated with professional set ups. Some cheaper options exist; however, these are often made with poor quality materials, treated with substances that may not be food-safe, and designed without sustainability and longevity in mind. They often don’t provide adequate protection for the chickens from predators and are not user friendly. Why Does this Problem Exist?
Like us, chickens have particular requirements when it comes to their homes. They need their homes to be safe, secure, private (for laying eggs!), and free from harmful chemicals. These features have traditionally been achieved through conventional woodworking techniques, but this results in coops that are expensive to manufacture and difficult to ship and time consuming to assemble.
Challenge sponsor Roost & Root believes that new chicken coop designs which efficiently make use of CNC router manufacturing techniques can lower chicken coop costs without compromising the quality of the chicken’s homes.
The Challenge Breakthrough
Increasing the accessibility and affordability of quality chicken coops will enable novice chicken keepers to pursue their interest in raising chickens with the confidence that their chickens have the best quality homes. Raising chickens will provide individuals and families with a fun activity and the satisfaction of local access to humanely-sourced eggs.
What You Can Do To Cause A Breakthrough
- Click SOLVE THIS CHALLENGE above to sign up for the challenge
- Read the Challenge Guidelines to learn about the requirements and rules
- Share this challenge on social media using the icons above. Show your friends, your family, or anyone you know who has a passion for discovery.
- Start a conversation in our Forum to join the conversation, ask questions or connect with other innovators.
This challenge will award up to $10,000 to up to 5 teams, as follows:
- Up to $5,000 for one first place winner
- Up to $2,700 for one second place winner
- Up to $1,500 for one third place winner
- Up to $400 each for two runners up