Make It Your Own: Ying’s Chicago Backyard Coop

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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. . . . 

Wood frame of backyard chicken coop in Chicago

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. 

Modifications

Here are some of the things I changed: 

  • Shingled the roof.
  • Coops stands almost 9 feet tall, and I also shortened it to 8 ft. long and 5 ft. wide.
  • Sourced old garage window for viewing chicks. Kids love it!
  • My nesting door is to the side and pretty wide.
  • Used cedar beveled wood siding, painted with exterior weather paint.
  • Nesting boxes are fashioned from leftover OSB boards.
  • Roosting poles are 2x4s so that chickens can keep their feet warm in our winters with one high and one low and are anchored by brackets.
  • I know you offer bucket nipple waterers at your website but I made my own! Sealed it with threaded tape and a swab of clear silicone.
  • My husband helped me make the ramp, and he left the branches extra long. I thought it looked ridiculous and wanted them shortened, but the chicks love it!
  • Installed locks on my entry door and nesting box door for security.
  • Also filled my trench with a mixture of large and small river rocks I got on sale at Menard’s. When I filled up the trench, I poured the rocks in with a mixture of dirt then watered it to create a hard cement like fort.

By the way, my 7- and 8-year-olds helped me many days in the hot Chicago sun!

Chicken coop in Chicago with red shingled hen house
Modified larger egg door on a Garden Coop in Chicago

Many thanks to Ying 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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