About Urban Coop Company
They’re easier than dogs, as interesting as cats, and put food on the table. They’ll eat your table scraps too : ) And, you’re not the fringe crazy person next door. People have been doing “backyard chickens” for centuries. It’s only been in the last 50 or so years that it was different than the previous who knows how many. We literally believe that chickens have the ability to change your life for the better. That cannot be said of many things.
We build your coop from the best materials we can source, with well paid skilled workers, using tested designs that we constantly improve. But it does not stop there. Our mission is for you to succeed in keeping chickens. You buying one of our amazing coops is just the beginning. We’re there as a support team to make sure you get going and are successful over time.
Dyan Twining | Co-Founder
The Twinings live in the ultimate product development and testing environment. They keep chickens, a lot of chickens, in their back yard just like their customers do. Not just one breed of chicken either, but dozens of breeds. They are constantly tinkering with ideas and improvements to Urban Coop Company coops and dreaming up new accessories and designs. There is nothing on earth they love more than meeting the people they build coops for…yes, they are customers, but many become friends too. Their little coop company has grown to employ over 20 people in peak periods, but still enjoys the family atmosphere of building coops on their property.
Several years back Dyan & Montie seriously considered the purchase of a medium sized egg farm only to come to the conclusion that it was too outdated and fixing it would not make financial sense. In December 2012 they revisited an earlier idea to get into the backyard chicken keeping rebirth, but were not sure of the right approach. They finally settled on the idea of building a very particular backyard chicken coop that met a series of design goals. Best available materials, integrated waterers and feeders, predator strong, multi-climate design, pretty and able to be shipped nationally. They had personally been dissatisfied with coops they themselves could purchase. Urban Coop Company was born. From the initial conception of the idea of the company to the day-to-day operations everyone in the family was to play an important part. Several notions were key in the Twining’s leap of faith into the coop business. Most convincing was a deep belief that the locally produced food movement was for real and the renewed realization that having chickens made a lot of sense, to a lot of people, for a lot of different reasons, was not a passing fad. Chickens ground people to the natural world in unexplained ways. A welcome thing in a hectic high tech world.
As a life-long entrepreneur, it was important to Montie for his children to grow up understanding the precepts of business and the value of customer service. He’s done everything from running publicly traded consulting companies, to building multi-million dollar super yachts (Calixas Yachts) to running commercial and residential construction companies… and a half dozen other ventures between. He’s an inventor with several issued patents. People who know him best describe him as a “beaver”… always building something and can’t really help himself.
He designs the Round-Top Chicken Coops™ from the ground up with consultation from Dyan ? the Texas A&M poultry department, industry experts and oddly, FedEx. They had to be able to ship right to customer’s doors. He is responsible for overseeing all aspects of fabrication and assembly of the coops. He’s passionate about building a quality product and oversees a team of dedicated workers who, like him, think it’s fun building chicken coops. During the peak season, their staff swells to a dozen or so mostly aspiring musicians from nearby Austin. He’s constantly innovating some new idea and plans to file more patents around coop innovations.
We all realize our coops cost more than cheap import coops. Heck, just my cedar bill for a coop costs more than a cheap import coop and that does not include all the other materials. After that we have to build it, get it boxed up and shipped to you… then support you getting set up. I like that feeling when you buy something, maybe paid a little more than you wanted to, but you were happy and your expectations were met. That’s the goal that my crew and I have for you and your new coop.
Kevin Luby | Shop Manager
Call on the phone and it’s likely that you’ll talk with Dyan, “the chicken lady” in the family. She enjoys answering questions about coops and chickens and loves interacting with customers. She is a voracious reader and has a crazy volume of chicken facts swirling around in her head. She prides herself in providing support after the sale and is dedicated to making sure every customer gets up and running as quickly as possible after buying a coop. Not really a “salesman”, Dyan is most happy helping someone find the right coop for their needs, even if it’s not an Urban Coop Company coop. But, she’s a little biased as she and her girls use their coops daily and that feedback loop goes into continued evolution of the designs and assures that customers get highly refined features. She really knows coops. The local vets even refer customers to her for sick chicken questions. Its crazy. And if that’s not enough, she also heads up the local and county 4H chapters and, as you might imagine, is heavily involved in… you guessed it. Chickens!
Teenagers Olivia & Cassandra are officers in their local 4H, show chickens and know more than their fair share about chickens too. They’ve been known to help cut wood, do inventory of materials and of course help out mom in the packaging department when they’re not in school. Cassandra and Olivia also have their own little business, Huevos Locos, selling hatching eggs, chicks and started pullets. They’ve also recently branched out into incubator rentals.
Their son Nathan is the head gopher and chicken catcher. They generate a lot of scrap wood around the shop and his main job is to keep things neat and orderly. He has energy to spare and he’s kept busy sweeping and cleaning. He’s now even started making some parts for coops.
Montie’s oldest daughter Courtney, is a fifth grade school teacher and ideas even swirl around in her head about Science and Math curriculum that can be based around chickens. In fact, several Elementary Schools have bought Urban Coop Company Coops so the idea may not be that “chicken brained” after all.
All of this is a long winded way of saying that the family behind Urban Coop Company is just as excited as you are about backyard chickens and they know what they’re doing.