Make It Your Own: Megan’s Nashville Garden Coop

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Recycled barn wood creates a rustic look on this backyard chicken coop.

As an early and active participant in Urban Chicken Advocates of Nashville, artist Megan Lightell helped with the push to make backyard chickens legal in Tennessee’s capital. And when the ordinance finally passed in early 2012, she celebrated right away by building her dream coop. The rest of this post comes directly from her. . . . 

Just wanted to thank you again for the plans and to let you know that we finished our coop! We made a few minor alterations and added some embellishments:

  • Used local cedar for the dimensional lumber and salvaged barn wood from Tennessee tobacco barns for the siding.
  • Trimmed the window with wood from the barn that stood on my childhood home.
  • Weaved a green sapling through the door frame and landscaped with small boulders all around.
  • Added hinged doors to the bottom of each side to allow access to a rotational day-grazing area. The hens graze in one large garden area to the side of the coop, then will rotate to the other side at the end of the cool weather season, enabling us to plant fall crops where the current grazing area is. And the hens will clean out the remnants of the cool-weather crops that are currently growing in the garden area.

We love it! Couldn’t be happier. It is our dream coop, and we love having our hens visible from the back of the house, just off our patio. Now that our hens are legal, we are so happy to enjoy them and welcome them into the garden. They are happier than ever with the extra space, and the coop is so easy to maintain. The plans were great — very easy to follow.

More photos of Megan’s backyard chicken coop and garden

Nashville chicken coop built using The Garden Coop plans.

Raising chickens in a Nashville garden.

Garden art decorates the siding of this Nashville hen house.

Megan used old barn wood to trim around the window of her chicken coop.

Many thanks to Megan for sharing her coop photos and notes on building with The Garden Coop plans. If you like what she’s created, please let her know with a note below. And if you find our posts helpful and want to receive email notifications as posts are published, subscribe to Coop Thoughts.

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3 Responses to “Make It Your Own: Megan’s Nashville Garden Coop”

  1. Charlene says:

    I love the look of your coop with the barnyard. I live in Los Angeles, and beleive it or not, we have serious racoon problems. I think the rocks around the base will be a great additon for our coop. Thanks for the lovely share!

  2. Susan Felts says:

    Hi, Megan, I’m in Hermitage, doing many of the same things you are… We used The Garden Coop plans last April to make our coop. We even have the rotating greens plots on either ends of the coop. You have done a really wonderful job making your coop your own. I woud love to know more about the Nashville UCAN organization.

  3. Donna U says:

    Great coop and lots of great ideas for customization!

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