The Garden Coop and The Garden Ark chicken coop plans and kits make it easy to build & customize the perfect backyard chicken coop.
These coops are designed right. So whether you're new to chickens or to carpentry, you'll get the most out of raising your own garden-fresh eggs — without turning your backyard into a barnyard. Take your pick. . .
» Keep up to 8 hens
or customize for more
» Walk in through the full-sized door
» Spread your wings in the spacious run
» Know your flock is safe with a 360° barrier against rodents and predators
» Easily modify to suit your flock and needs
» Measures about 10'w x 6'd x 8'h
» Quick Kit now available (U.S. only)
» Keep up to 3 hens
» Easy access through the egg door and larger double doors
» Know your flock is safe with tough protection against predators
» Move it around for grazing and/or fertilizing your garden. It's portable —
and it has wheels!
» Measures about 3'w x 6'd x 4'h
» Quick Kit now available (U.S. only)
Features of both coops/plans include:
» Ample ventilation and light with a unique "open" roof design
» Secure integrated run with open floor, nice roosts, and grazing area
» Simple cuts, easy-to-find materials, and straightforward assembly
» Written for beginners — 45-page e-books include detailed tools and materials lists, measurements, diagrams, photos, and step-by-step instructions to show you how to build a chicken coop you (and your chickens. . . and your neighbors) will love.
» UPDATED for 2013! Plans include even more detail, photos, and construction tips based on years of customer feedback.
» Compatible with iPad and other PDF-friendly mobile devices.
» Metric versions are available
» Add external nest boxes with our free online tutorial
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Materials, costs, photos, questions. . .
» Read FAQs about The Garden Coop walk-in chicken coop plans or The Garden Ark mobile chicken coop plans
» See how others are using our plans to build and customize The Garden Coop and The Garden Ark chicken coop designs
» See more photos and videos of our chicken coops
» Subscribe to our chicken coops blog for free ideas on chicken coop design, how-to tutorials, and more
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You can build it. Really.
We've broken down how to build a chicken coop into several simple steps. Measurements, materials, and the tools you need to build a neighborly coop — everything's spelled out in these plans. All the basic thinking is done and explained with clear, professional writing and dozens of how-to diagrams and photos. Download our free coop plan previews (PDF) to see what you can expect.
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Each plan costs only $19.95 (USD), payable with credit card or PayPal. SAVE 25% when you get them both together.
You can download your plans instantly as a full-color, printable e-book (PDF) — and start building your chicken coop or mobile chicken tractor right away. International orders are accepted. Satisfaction guaranteed.
Why build your own chicken coop?
Keeping chickens is a lifestyle choice that pays off in many ways. But there are start-up costs. Building your own chicken coop lets you keep those costs down, while getting exactly what you want in a coop. And it's fun!
Why use plans?
When we wanted to know how to build a chicken coop for our small city lot, we did what you're doing — we looked online, read chicken coop books, went on coop tours. There were some nice chicken coops out there, but nothing with the style, function, and simplicity we wanted. So we designed our own.
The research, design, and testing that went into these plans let you build a chicken coop you can count on without having to start from scratch. And by knowing just what you need to buy, you'll get the most out of your investment.
We're proud of the quality of what we offer. Take a look inside our chicken coop building plans for free. With these plans, you could make your first cuts this weekend, finish up over the next one or two, and have more time to enjoy your backyard chickens and those garden-fresh eggs. And if you have questions about the plans as you go, we're just an email away.
See the chicken coops that others are building with our plans.
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Whether you're wanting to learn how to build a walk-in chicken coop or how to build a mobile chicken ark/tractor, one of our coop design plans may be just what you've been searching for.
Give them a try! If it doesn't work out, let us know within 30 days, and we'll send you a full refund. No hassle. No questions asked. Satisfaction guaranteed.
Can I build these coops in Canada, Australia, Great Britain, Spain. . . ?
Yes! People have used our plans to build their own backyard chicken coops in countries the world over: Ireland, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, Portugal, Spain, Italy, Germany, Israel, the U.S., and beyond.
The metric versions of our plans make building your own chook pen, chook house, chicken shed, poultry house (or whatever you want to call it!) easy. No conversions necessary.
Order your plan anywhere. Download it anywhere. Build it anywhere!
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What They're Saying About Our Coop Plans
"Thanks for the extremely well-written/illustrated plans." —Allan
"I majored in Industrial Design, so I know how to build, use materials, and even lay out manufacturing techniques. Thanks for your great plans. I'm impressed with the quality of your design and your thoroughness." —Noelle
"[My husband] is currently building our chicken coop. He says your plans are very detailed and easy to follow—he has little building experience." —Lesley
"Many, many thanks from this mod ranch house owner! Your help is really going to impact my family's life in a big way." —Elizabeth
"The most amazing part of the experience was the customer service. Before, during, and after construction all of my questions were answered promptly and thoroughly in a very supportive and helpful way. I really appreciate that." —Dondi
"I built The Garden Coop with minimal assistance over Thanksgiving weekend, three days to be exact. I was amazed at the precision of the plans — there was very little waste. I was debating on buying a built coop and building my own. I am so glad I decided to build my coop with your plans. I was able to end up with a superior coop built from cedar for less than I would have spent on a lesser quality, same-size coop." —Tommy, Buda, TX
Read more customer reviews of our coop design plans.
Whether you're using our chicken coop house plans or going your own way, make sure you get over to our Coop Thoughts chicken coop blog for plenty of free ideas on how to build a chicken coop that's right for you.
We answer questions and share information that's both timely and timeless, including best practices and new ideas on building housing for your chickens. Here are a few examples:
Whether you’re building The Garden Coop, The Garden Ark, or pretty much any other chicken coop, these instructions (which include both feet/inches and metric units) show you in detail how to add external nesting boxes to your coop. While I much prefer the simplicity of having the boxes inside, there’s something about exterior nest boxes that captures the fancy of some backyard chicken keepers. Take a look at our free exterior hen box plans.
Sometimes you just want the basics, some notes that can help you get from dreaming to doing. I put together this free one-page handout to cover many of the most common questions about chickens and coop design — like how much space do hens need, how much food do chickens eat, how loud are backyard hens, how often do you have to change your chickens’ water. . . Read more.
Most chicken coops are made of wood, and all wood eventually rots. You can plan to deal with this fact in a number of ways: 1) build with wood that’s infused with pesticides; 2) use a naturally rot-resistant wood like cedar, redwood, or tropical hardwoods; 3) choose a softwood. Many factors will weigh into your choice, but I’ll deal with the two biggies: toxicity and cost. Read more.
Sometimes the best way to stay on top of your garden is to put your chickens there! These free plans show you how to build raised vegetable garden beds that fit The Garden Ark mobile coop perfectly (the principle applies to any open-floor chicken tractor, really). So either before planting or after harvest, your hens get to graze on weeds and leaves while they till and fertilize the soil. Read more.
Fencing and wire mesh of some kind is essential around your coop and daytime chicken yard to keep your chickens in and to keep pests and predators out. There are several kinds of wire and fencing to protect your chickens from rodents, foxes, hawks, racoons, and the like, and I’ll talk about a handful of them here. Read more.
Painting the floor of your henhouse can protect it from moisture and everything that can come with it. Even just the potential swelling of wet, unsealed wood can make it a bit harder to brush out chicken poop and bedding. Here are a few things to consider if you plan to paint the floor of your chicken coop or hen house. Read more.
You know, I almost can’t believe this now, but when we were planning to build our first chicken coop, I wanted to tuck it out of the way in a far corner of our yard. What a difference an attractive coop design makes! Our chickens' house is now the centerpiece of our backyard garden — and inspiration to do so much more. Read more.
My kids have this running joke whenever I’m building one of my chicken coop designs and make a mistake (yes, it happens often enough for it to be a running joke). “Read the plan, Dad,” they’ll say. Well, there were plenty of “read the plan” moments at the workshop too, and it revealed one of the big advantages of having detailed chicken coop building instructions: you always have something accurate to refer to. Read more.
Keeping your backyard chickens supplied with fresh greens can be tricky, especially when forage space is limited. How do you keep your chickens from overgrazing and scratching their day yard bare? Grazing frames! Read more.
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