Michael and family in Seattle built a modified version of the The Garden Coop to fit their backyard and needs. I particularly like the woodwork on this coop, like the tapers he cut into the ends of the purlins, the alternating corners on the siding, and the added depth and angle on the rafter tails. Michael sent us some great notes and several photos of their handiwork. Here they are: Read more and discuss »
Just a quick note to say that I’ll be introducing a new chicken coop design in the coming weeks along with detailed plans and a companion hardware kit. It’s an adorable stand-alone coop, perfect for up to 4 hens — and you can build it for under $200!
I’ve been working on and testing this design for some time and am excited to finally be able to share it with you soon. Stay tuned for more pictures and details.
In the meantime, we’re offering $5 off any of our chicken coop plans, now through April 21, 2014. The discount code is on the order page while it lasts. And we’re fully stocked on nipple waterers, if you’re looking to ease up on the chicken chores this spring.
Susan at Gum Tree Farm in Tennessee already had a small mobile chicken coop, but was looking for a larger, more secure space to complete her chicken habitat. So she cleverly used The Garden Coop chicken coop plans to build a custom enclosure into which she installed her existing A-frame chicken coop for use as a henhouse.
With extremely cold weather dipping into the U.S. this winter, I thought I’d share some detailed notes I got from a customer in Galesville, Upper Wisconsin. He’s taken several steps to winterize his Garden Coop and reports that his flock of seven has stayed active, healthy, and laying — even as the mercury dips to 20 below. Read on to see what he’s done. The rest of this post comes directly from Nate. . . Read more and discuss »
So you want to build your own backyard chicken coop, but you’re afraid you might not have the right tools for the job. Luckily, it doesn’t take that many tools — a few common hand tools and power tools. And if you can’t find them in your garage or tool chest, don’t despair. Here are some other places to look, and a few tips should you decide to buy them new or used. Read more and discuss »
Ying made a wonderful addition to her Chicago backyard using the Garden Coop chicken coop plans, modifying the design to have a peaked roof. The rest of the post comes from her. . . .
Building my chicken coop
I bought your plans back in the second week of June and started working on it right away. I finished in early August and wanted to share with you the fruits of my labor!
It was very daunting to see some 30+ pages after I purchased your coop plans and downloaded it, but I was determined to see it through. I thought if other women could do it, why not me?
I deviated from the plan and added my own alterations, but I used the main frame which gave me a fantastic foundation. Read more and discuss »
You’ve made it your New Year’s resolution to finally get chickens. Good for you. Chickens are low-maintenance animals that give so much in return. On top of the amazing compost, free entertainment, and fresh eggs right from your backyard, you’ll also gain the skills and confidence to tackle more projects down the line.
Here are 10 steps to help you stay focused so that your chicken keeping resolution becomes chicken keeping reality: Read more and discuss »