Make It Your Own: Steve’s Backyard Garden Coop, Queensland, Australia

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Garden Coop built on a slope.

Steve used The Garden Coop plans to build this secure walk-in coop at the edge of his orchard on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia. He sent us a nice note and pictures to share. 

The main reason for building the coop (apart from eggs!) was our 11-year-old twin girls wanted chooks for their birthday, so I needed to build a house for them. Still have some final touches to make to rocks at the base (the position had a bit of a slope). The coop is visible from the road and we have already had positive comments about the new addition to the orchard from people taking a walk. Plans were fantastic, and I wouldn’t have been able to do it without them. Thanks so much!

Ladder going to raised henhouse of Steve's Garden Coop.

Ladder leading up into henhouse of The Garden Coop.

Roost in the henhouse of The Garden Coop.

Inside nesting box on Australian chook house.

Egg door opens for easy access to eggs.

Walk-in chicken coop and run in Queensland, Australia.

Many thanks to Steve for sharing his coop photos and notes on building with The Garden Coop plans. If you like what he’s created, please let him 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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4 Responses to “Make It Your Own: Steve’s Backyard Garden Coop, Queensland, Australia”

  1. Jenny says:

    Hi Steve, this looks great. I will also be working an a slope, and would be interested in some details about the steps involved with the rocks, gravel, and drains. Thanks!

    • Steve says:

      Hi Jenny, thanks! I dug a trench about 300mm (12 inches) deep by about 200mm (10 inches) wide and the same area size as the coop frame. Using string lines and a level worked out the height of the base of the frame. To hold up the frame permanently I used old concrete blocks and pavers — sitting in the trench — under the base plate (the bottom piece of the frame).

      You can see from the photos that one end is propped up more than the other because of the slope on our propterty. I then (with help) lifted the frame onto the blocks. I also used cyclone rods (lengths of threaded steel) through the base plate down into the trench and attached the end to an off-cut of framing timber — about 150mm (6 inches) in length — and buried it with gravel. This was to “anchor” it the the land and stop it from being blown over in high winds. The chicken wire was then fitted to the frame and down the trench to stop foxes or snakes getting under the wire. We then filled the trench with gravel and built rocks up around the edge. (Still NOT completed!) :-)

      My only regret is not putting agi pipe (a type of perforated drainage pipe) in the trench before the gravel and draining any rainwater away from the chicken coop.

      I’m sorry for this being so long winded! :-) Hope it helps and happy to answer any other questions or clarify any areas where I haven’t been very clear. Good luck!

  2. Jo Bain says:

    Hey Steve, feel like a holiday in beautiful Tassie? If so, I could use your help building one for myself (and yes, I have purchased my own set of plans, complete with the out-side nesting box option!! Love your work!

    • Steve says:

      Hi Jo, we were actually in Tassie on holidays just before we built this 2 years ago. Beautiful place! Reminded me of my old stomping ground NZ. Have fun making it!

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