Make It Your Own: Shane’s Iowa Garden Coop

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The roof of the coop angles away from the nearby shed to prevent moisture problems at the foundation.

Shane reversed the slope of his Garden Coop roof (angling it down towards the front rather than the rear) so that he could position the coop against an existing shed in his Iowa garden.

I used your plans to help me build my Garden Coop, which I literally put in the garden so that I could easily feed the birds garden scraps. The roof is made of recycled metal and put on backward for rain/snow purposes. I also attached the coop directly to the shed to give the hens a cool foundation to press against on warm days. The window was added for my kid’s entertainment.

I am a Lutheran pastor, and the coop has been a hit with my rural Iowa congregation. Many members offered “parts” to the effort, and many Sundays I find children around the coop admiring our birds, especially our two white-capped black Polish chicks.

Your instructions were easy to use and I actually did the entire project with a skilsaw and cordless drill. I was amazed how simple it really was to complete. Thanks for giving our birdkeeping a great start. Now, just to wait for the eggs!

Thanks to Shane for sending in his picture and comments. If you’ve found his tips useful, please leave a comment and let him know.

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2 Responses to “Make It Your Own: Shane’s Iowa Garden Coop”

  1. Richard says:

    Today finished the roof and framed the coop. Tomorrow, probably in the rain, do the foot deep dig for attaching 1/2 welded wire. Going by THE BOOK, your plan is terrific. The Silkie chicks giving constant encouragement. Thanks.

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