Cael Kendall has spent over 20 years bringing ecologically sound and reclaimed wood products to market. His latest passion is building Laughing Chickens coops, made from reclaimed redwood fencing.
Find out how he got his start, what’s unique about his coops and his favorite way to eat fresh eggs in our Q&A.
Describe your company’s philosophy.
Our goal is to build exceptional urban garden products from sustainably harvested and reclaimed woods. We believe the world will become a better place by cultivating local food systems and reclaiming our collective agricultural roots.
I grew up in the old growth forests of Northern California and British Columbia. At a very young age, I was deeply impacted by the deforestation that I witnessed and became dedicated to promoting sustainable forestry practices. After many years of developing and selling environmental wood products, I became increasingly interested in urban farming. I realized that the building backyard chicken coops provided the perfect opportunity to utilize reclaimed redwood that was otherwise going to the dump.
What is unique about your coops?
We are the premiere manufacturer of reclaimed redwood chicken coops. Our coops are predator-proof and functional works of art. They require very little maintenance and will look beautiful for years.
Our hen houses are made with reclaimed redwood fences. We source them from the many homeowners and contractors that are installing new fences, patios, and deck. It saves a trip to the dump and allows us to reduce the amount of waste in the world.
If you weren’t building coops, what would you be doing?
When I’m not building coops, I am building raised bed garden systems or spending time with my family.
I love having fresh eggs available every day for my family. My kids spend hours hanging out with the chickens, feeding them kitchen and checking for eggs. They are easy to keep — no need for to take them out for walks, no boarding fees or expensive veterinary bills.
Hens also make amazing groundskeepers. They will go after pesky insects and their droppings make for excellent compost and garden materials.
Describe a typical day and your working environment.
Every day is a little different at our workshop. We are often busy building components for our coops or designing new products for our clients’ gardens. You will find us making dust with general power tools, listening to urban radio, and enjoying the California sunshine.
What is your favorite way to eat eggs?
Personally, I love Huevos Rancheros with a dash of hot sauce. My kids love to make puff pancakes with fruit.
We are happy to oblige custom orders. We try and change things up by offering extended runs, chicken paintings by local artists (see our work with Mary Lee Rybar) and heart/moon/stars that we carve into the eves of our roofs.