Duncan Martin has been around chickens since he was a young boy in rural Vermont.
One day, a shy and elderly farmer showed up on his family's doorstep with a cardboard box of newly hatched chicks and mimeographed blueprints for a simple chicken coop.
"This farmer gave away everything he produced,” says Duncan. "He must have helped dozens of people in our town to keep their own chickens."
When Duncan learned that Science World chickens Betty and Vanta needed a place to stay while our dome is closed to non-essential staff, he volunteered to take them.
"He came to pick them up the same day," Alex Johansen says. "It was great."
Alex is a program specialist at Science World, and one of her roles is curating our Ken Spencer Science Park, an outdoor gallery that engages visitors with subjects like sustainability, gardening and unstructured play.
Duncan built the science park's chicken coop, a spacious home accentuated by unique features like a green roof and barrels to catch rainwater. "Duncan is our go-to chicken guy," Alex says.