Friday, September 28, 2012
Which Came First...the Chicken or the Egg?
Which Came First…The Chicken or the Egg?
By Jody Worsham
Those of you who read my blog on a regular basis have come to expect a certain amount of intellectual wisdom gained through years of repeating the same mistakes over and over. Some even look forward to the broad picture as seen through the declining eyesight of a near septuagenarian. Today I shall combine philosophy with architecture as a visual means to enlighten those who can’t find their reading glasses.
First to address the age old question: which came first the chicken or the egg? The answer is not complex at all. The first to come would be the chicken pen for without the chicken pen there would be no chickens or eggs due to marauding critters. Just as civilizations are judged by the architecture that is left behind, so can our civilization be judged by the architecture of the chicken pen which, as I said before, had to come first. Even city dwellers have begun to have backyard chicken pens, also known as coops. Cages have been designed for apartment dwellers. Following the philosophy that free range chicken eggs are best, apartment dwellers have been encouraged to turn their patio birds out to roam freely on the balcony for a few hours each day.
The ultimate evidence that bird architecture has been taken to new heights is the Trump Chicken Condos also known as the TCC on the Worsham 35 acre semi-plantation in lovely downtown East Texas. The plan started out as a simple roof structure enclosed with chicken wire over an existing concrete slab. Security questions came into play and chain link fencing was added on top of the chicken wire. Recycled French doors to provide light along the north wall and added a certain classic charm. Turned sideways, the doors were raised to provide protection from the wind and rain. The coop would need to be wired for electricity so that a ceiling fan could be installed to provide coolness in the summer and of course the pre-requisite radio to provide laying music.
The coop plan was then expanded to include a covered outdoor area with a natural grassy space for that free-range element. To live up to Trump standards, a covered antique brick inlayed porch would allow for Gator parking while unloading feed and lawn chairs for bird watching. Silver painted laying nests attached to a wall with a private entrance for each chicken would give that chic loft living feel. A large porthole would provide easy access for the chicken and allow her to observe the rest of the community while laying her egg in cedar and hickory scented sawdust.
If any of you are interested in investing in a Trump Chicken Condos or our lease-to-own chickens , you may contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org There are a few condos still available but they are going fast. Next week Egg-onomics or the Faberge Knockoffs.