32 thoughts on “Chicken pop hole

  1. Lisa says:

    How commodious! I bet the chickens love it. What does the LTLP think?

  2. It’s a good job you don’t have any cockerels as the hens would all be complaining about the seat being left up.

  3. Blazing says:

    No wonder you were flushed with success.

  4. Most people would consider this an insanely inelegant solution to a non-existent problem, Jonny, but extra bonus points to you for implementing it using your own toilet seat. As I recall, heavily pregnant females are prone to piles and therefore not keen on sitting on cold porcelain. You might find that this colours LTLP’s opinions on the matter. Not to mention her language.

  5. Catherine says:

    Looks like the chickens have met their Waterloo…

    And shouldn’t the post title be “poop hole”?

  6. Megan says:


    And I can see that it is sure to flummox the foxes…

  7. guyana gyal says:

    This is brilliant recycling, full of turd world ingenious-ness.

    I hope Mr. Foxy-Loxy doesn’t find out though.

  8. ajb1605 says:

    Am I the first to observe what a convenience it is, or did everyone else think that was too obvious? He’s even given them little steps, look. Or was that Short Tony, out of force of habit?

  9. That hole looks a bit over-sized for your hen’s.

    You could have cleaned the seat first! There’s something icky on it.

  10. Brennig says:

    Doesn’t the LTLP complain when she needs to use the toilet?

  11. kim says:

    Love.Love.Love it!

    Too funny!

  12. Leslie says:

    I’m making book on how long the Mrs. allows that to grace the back yard. Contact me for odds and bets.

  13. JonnyB says:

    I am very pleased with the reaction that this is getting. I think most people will agree that this works really well both on a practical and on a design level. And so will the LTLP, eventually.

  14. Rachie says:

    Definitely adds value. Definitely

  15. EllieT says:

    That has made my day!

  16. Z says:

    I missed the first post yesterday, but read it while my Norfolk-slow internet was loading the photo and then scrolled up. I laughed for several minutes. The Sage glanced at me, decided not to ask and continued to watch the snooker. I carried on laughing (I’m on the second half of a bottle of wine, it hasn’t been a good day). The snooker finished. “Do you want me to press the red button now?” “Yes please”. I did so and laughed again. He said nothing.

    Thank you, JonnyB. You are quite possibly the best person in the world (btw, did I mention that I’ve pre-ordered 4 copies of your book? I think I’d better order a few more.)

  17. guyana gyal says:

    ajb1605, I noticed the little step too, it’s so cute, look, it even has the address on it, No. 4.

    But I can’t help worrying about the fox, I’ve never seen any but I hear they like to eat chicken. Then again, even they must eat.

  18. JonnyB says:

    Z you are my favouritest person in the whole world…

  19. Pat says:

    When I first went to live with MTL I was mortified to see he had a pink loo. I persuaded him to replace it and being a war child and imbued with the ‘Waste not want not’ maxim I put it in the garden and filled it with geraniums and lobelia.
    My stepchildren were appalled but then it was Cheshire!

  20. Richard says:

    I’ve been reading your blog for several years now, Jonny, and I do believe this is the first time you’ve introduced a colour feature. Are you trying for the lifestyle market?

    Pat, I too live in Cheshire. Were I to put a similar redundant facility in my garden, I am sure that my neighbours, who tend to view anything of mine as exclusively for their own use (drive, bins etc), would lose no time in employing it in its original function. Without moving it.

  21. Pat says:

    Richard: we left twenty odd years ago but how awful! I blame the footballers!

  22. Linda says:

    I do hope this elegant architectural feat makes it to the cover of Architectural Digest.

  23. …it’s so cute, look, it even has the address on it, No. 4.

    That’s not No. 4, it’s No. 2.

    (That was a straight line, right?)

  24. sablonneuse says:

    Shouldn’t the title read Chicken POOP hole?

  25. Damian says:

    Mrs Albion says that you are my doppleganger and extends her sympathy to the LTLP.

    I don’t know where she gets such a notion. I have never rigged up a toilet seat door for my chickens and she does not yet know about the extra fish I put into the pond yesterday.

    How do you secure the door against foxes when it is closed?

  26. Fern says:

    I am speechless with admiration!

  27. Diana says:

    Are you sure the chickens will realise it is a pop hole and not a poop hole?? I can just see them climbing up the step, manouvering their feathered bottoms through the hole and using it as was originally intended!

  28. JonnyB says:

    Thank you everybody – I think there is definitely enough interest to market these commercially.

    To answer a common question (about the foxes, although there are no foxes here) – I have a big log that I put in front of it when I shut it at night.

  29. Catherine says:

    Doesn’t the big log normally go through the hole… ?

  30. JonnyB says:

    I’ll set ’em up, Catherine – you just knock ’em in!!!

  31. ellie says:

    No pictures of the chickens though. Protecting their privacy.

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