When I first saw Starsky’s yellow, chicken-adorned water cooler, I thought it was so great that, in the 70s, you could apparently just walk to a shop and pick yourself a water cooler with such bright colors and fun decorations.
But, alas, I was told that this water cooler is most likely repainted. A quick Google search happened to bring up what I think is the exact model of water cooler Starsky had, in its original white paint. So, whoever did the customized chicken paintwork, they did great work! The quirky illustration is a perfect match for the rest of the Starsky household.
I have spotted this same model of water cooler in a few S1 episodes: there’s a white one in the squad room, and a dark grey one in the basement of Dismas Center (in Silence). It is possible that one of these was customized for Starsky’s house, or maybe the decoration was made for some other show and they just thought it was very Starsky-ish.
The repainted water cooler is always present in Starsky’s Tree House and can be spotted in many kitchen scenes from Starsky’s Lady to Starsky vs. Hutch.
Here’s the white one from the squad room in A Coffin for Starsky: