I’ve been wanting to do a post showing off a bunch of the pictures I’ve received over the last several months, so in the tradition of the Carnival parades I grew up with in New Orleans, I present to you this first ride of the Krewe of Coops!
Feathers instead of flambeaux. Clucking hens instead of marching bands. Eggs instead of beads and doubloons. Just pull up a ladder, gather the kids, and shout wildly as the floats go by. . .
Coop 1: Bruce M.’s Chicago Garden Coop
“The coop was fun to build. I’m really happy with how it looks and works, and most importantly, our chickens seem quite happy.”
Coop 2: Kitty Wolf’s Southern Garden Coop
“I got veggie garden of the month due to the coop. My garden is a mess, but the coop makes it great!”
Coop 3: Ron’s Garden Ark, Liberty, Missouri
“We extended the coop by a foot and took a few other liberties. The grandkids love it!”
Coop 4: John G.’s Garden Ark with Raised Bed and Day Run
“I made the raised bed out of pressure treated 2x6s with a couple of ramp pieces and lined the bottom with hardware cloth. Then I filled it with dirt and rolled the ark onto it, making it secure on all sides.”
Coop 5: Richard’s Garden Coop, Stephentown, New York
“Modified it with T-111. Connected to original Silkie House with enclosed walkway.”
Coop 6: Karen, Harold, and Elijah’s Garden Ark, Davis, California
“The brass name plates are from those who helped build the coop or who brought wood, hardware, or feeders to ‘sponsor’ its construction. These were my birthday gifts, so I wanted to remember always and be grateful for my family and community or friends. Each of our chickens is named for a strong woman who lived during the American Revolution: Abigail (Adams), Molly (Pitcher), Penny (Penelope Barker), and Phoebe (from the novel Phoebe and the General by Judith Berry Griffin). And we have a ‘We the PEEP-le’ Constitution for chickens!”
Coop 7: Chuck’s Pennsylvania Garden Coop
“We shortened the coop overall to 7.5 feet by simply shortening each section. The rest of the dimensions stayed the same, so at first glance it still has the same look as your standard design. Turned out to be a pretty easy modification.”
Coop 8: Peter & Anisha’s California Garden Ark
“I chose the colors to match our garden and home decor. My husband took his time, and says he really enjoyed using your plans.”
Coop 9: Steve’s Garden Coop, Ellabell, Georgia
“If I can have such good results from your plans, anyone can do the same. My mantra was ‘follow the plans.’ One change I did make: I recessed the siding when I realized that with an eight-foot board I could cut a three-foot and a five-foot piece and have no waste.”
Coop 10: Tamera and Dan’s Garden Ark, Olympia, Washington
“We added an outboarded nest box (thanks for the helpful tips on that!), left the skids longer in the front — about two feet — so we can lift it from there to move the coop, and added a heat light with thermostat. Thank you. . . your plans are amazing and helped us in our venture to build our first coop!”
A hearty thanks to everyone who submitted their pictures and great ideas to this inaugural ride of the Krewe of Coops. Like what they’ve done? Which ones are your personal favorites? Let us know with a comment below.
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