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If you want to eat eggs, raise your own chicken! He transformed the balcony into a chicken coop to start a self-sufficient life in the city Have you ever thought that you can raise chickens and produce your own eggs on the balcony of your home? Shen Zhixuan, who implemented the "Urban Chicken Raising Project", started to renovate the balcony of the rented house and experimented with circular life at home. He was accidentally informed by a teacher at the Institute of Applied Art of Jiaotong University and invited him to live in the "Hsinchu Health" located in the six-burning chimney in Hsinchu. Museum: Insulation and Good Neighborhood Residential Project”, build a “Insulation Chicken Coop” to experiment with the possibility of sustainable living in the community with nearby residents. Manually transform the balcony of the rental house to create a "chicken-based" space "Because I raised them myself, so I feel at ease." Shen Zhixuan read many books on food safety when he was in the army, and realized that the eggs he ate came from industrialized farming. These industrially farmed chickens were prepared manually. Nutritious feed, except for eating, drinking, and sleeping, you can only lay eggs every day. There is no freedom at all. Every chicken is just a "tool". The price of an egg is about 3 to 4 yuan. There are also some friendly farming farms, which provide a comfortable space for laying hens without any growth hormones or antibiotics, allowing the chickens to grow naturally and healthy. In order to support friendly breeding farms, Shen Zhixuan deliberately chooses eggs that are advertised as friendly farming when buying eggs. However, compared with farm-raised eggs produced by general industrial farming, the price of grazing eggs produced by friendly farming is about 15 to 32 yuan a piece , Even more expensive, although I want to support friendly farming, but the thickness of the wallet seems not to allow it. In order to support friendly farming and save costs, Shen Zhixuan decided to raise chickens himself, but where to raise chickens has become the most practical problem. At this time, he found that the balcony of the rented house had always been a vacant space and was used to store sundries, so he had an idea and started to transform the balcony into a chicken coop, starting his "Urban Chicken Raising Project". Every corner of the chicken coop is DIY, and the materials are made of free and readily available recycled materials as much as possible, such as biscuit tin boxes, discarded pet cages, or wood boards picked up on the roadside. In addition to the materials that could not be found and had to be bought, the chicken coop only cost 1353 yuan to complete. Finally, I went to the feed store to order a chicken from the boss, and all the preparations for the experiment were completed. Shen Zhixuan named the first chicken "Chu Yu Ji", nicknamed "Yu Ji". Because the food of chickens is human food waste, it will help eliminate food waste; as for why it is "ji" instead of chickens, it is because laying hens are all hens, and the word ji means princess, which shows that Shen Zhixuan He loves the chicken as a little princess. In order to take "chicken" as the starting point of the design, Shen Zhixuan tried his best to make the cold balcony into an environment that simulates nature, such as laying a waterproof cloth on the tiled floor and covering it with a layer of sand so that the chickens can bathe in the sand. Excreta can also fall directly into the soil to decompose. Because he is a novice in raising chickens, he will also observe Yu Ji's adaptation status during the raising process, and make timely adjustments, and set up a Facebook fan page "Chicken Design" to record his chicken raising process. Although the space of the chicken coop on the balcony is only enough to raise one chicken, the chicken coop designed by Shen Zhixuan has achieved a good ecological cycle. The food that people can’t eat becomes food and soil fertilizer for chickens, and the chickens lay eggs for people to eat when they are full. The soil is nutritious enough to grow plants that people eat. Walking into the house under the big chimney, it is better to be alone than to be happy Associate Professor Lai Wenshu from the Institute of Applied Art of Jiaotong University, was Shen Zhixuan's teacher when he was studying in the institute, and currently serves as the chief curator of the " Hsinchu Health Museum: Preservation and Good Neighborhood Project " (hereinafter referred to as the Preservation Project). This project is to revitalize the abandoned "Navy Sixth Fuel Plant" (Sixth Fuel Plant) built during the Japanese occupation period. After the Nationalist government came to Taiwan, the abandoned factory area became the place where many military dependents were resettled, and over time, military dependent villages were formed. "Raising chickens is not just about getting eggs, but about re-establishing the withered human relationship." In the past, most of the family members of the big chimney factory were self-sufficient, so they would raise chickens in the family village. Associate Professor Lai and Insulation The project team is constantly thinking about how to "recreate the historical scene". Before the refurbishment of the big chimney factory was completed, they tried to use VR to let tourists see the life of the military military village in the past, and actually interact with the chickens in the VR world. After the big chimney factory was renovated, there happened to be a piece of land that was not paved with cement, had no roof above it, and was surrounded by longan trees. This reminded him of Shen Zhixuan's chicken raising plan, and he felt that this piece of land was very suitable for inviting him to live there. The site of chicken raising in the past is reproduced in the old household. And Shen Zhixuan agreed to the professor's home in Big Chimney because it gave more people the opportunity to experience the life of raising chickens. The thermal insulation chicken coop was originally designed as a community chicken coop. Shen Zhixuan also bluntly said, "I didn't want to take care of them by myself at the beginning." The purpose of recruiting volunteers is not only to let the surrounding residents have further contact with the chimneys, but also to make the chicken coop a part of their lives. So I took volunteers to use the waste from the abandoned factory building to build thermal insulation chicken coops, and arranged shifts every week to take care of the chickens. Not only did they have to maintain the environment of the chicken coops, but they also went to cooperative restaurants to help deliver chicken food. In Jiangong Elementary School near Da Chimney’s home, 4 students would go to the house under Da Chimney to look for chickens to play with after they got to know the chicken coop. After class, I will report to the chicken coop, play with the chickens, or help cut weeds and add vegetables to the chickens. Shen Zhixuan said that the parents of these children are also quite happy to let the children stay in the heat preservation chicken coop after school, because even in rural areas, it is rare to have such opportunities to be in touch with ecology. Due to the visits of many volunteers and residents, the thermal insulation chicken coop has gradually become a communication base for residents. The large refrigerator was originally used to store chicken food. Residents also began to freeze some food that could not be digested at home into the refrigerator to share with others, and it became a refrigerator shared by people and chickens.
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