The Los Altos Chicken Spa



We have a beautiful coop (we call it a spa) in Los Altos, off of Covington, near Foothill Expressway.

It is part of our sustainable organic urban farm.

We grow all sorts of vegetables–and have been removing lawn to grow more: tomatoes, eggplant, peppers,string beans (which will turn into white beans if left on the vine), cabbage, lettuce, Swiss chard, kale, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, peas, celery, rhubarb, corn, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, oranges, lemons, tangerines, figs, apple-pears, pluots, apricots…I’m sure I’m forgetting something! Oh, wheat–the squirrels got to it while we were on vacation.

We treat our little sorority of hens well and they help enrich our soil.  They enjoy our excess bounty and contribute to our rich compost.


Our coop has many innovative features:  a window covering that can be removed in summer to let in more air; a trap door in the roosting area that closes in winter to keep them warm–but allows them to come and go; a built in storage area; a grain shoot.  It’s beautifully built: gutters on the roof; painted to match our house; and, located remarkably close to our bedroom windows.

My husband did it all–drawing on memories of the local chicken farm he worked on while growing up in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.


We would love to have folks come and admire our coop and our yard.  We’ll serve lemonade; zucchini bread and pumpkin bread (home-grown), with honey from our bee hive.



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