Make It Your Own: Laura’s Expanded Garden Coop, Sonoma County, California

Share Button

Expanded chicken coop from The Garden Coop plans in Sonoma County

Professional photographer Laura in Sonoma County, California used our chicken coop plans to build and customize this larger version of The Garden Coop design. She sent us a note describing the modifications she made. The rest of this post comes from her. . . . 

Our expanded coop

Thought you might be interested to see our finished coop based on your design plans that we modified a bit. Here are some of the changes we made:

  • Expanded the size to 8′ x 12′ with an 8′ x 4′ henhouse
  • Put the chickens’ pop door over on the side
  • Hung the people door to swing out instead of in
  • Made a skirt of wire mesh around the perimeter instead of burying it
  • And instead of extending the mesh over the entire ceiling underneath the corrugated roofing, we put small panels of mesh over the gaps between the framing and the roofing so that the mesh goes all the way up to the corrugated stuff (seems to be working fine)

I still have to build the nesting boxes, as my pullets are only 10 weeks old, but it went up in four days, and I’m absolutely delighted with how it’s turned out. Thank you again for your excellent plans!

And by the way, thanks for the waterer, too. The pullets learned to use it right away once I supplied a “booster chair” (i.e., a cinder block) underneath so they could reach it!  As they get taller, I’ll take it away.

Adding to our backyard flock

Laura sent this additional note and photos soon after the original post, so I’ve added them here. . . .

We now have a second coop next to the first one that has four separate pens in it, two medium-sized ones (8×8′) and two little ones (4×8′) for breeding pairs or chicks growing out or whatever. I love how flexible and adaptable the design is, and everyone comments on how handsome the coops are — and completely predator-proof, even in this predator-heavy area.

Laura's expanded Garden Coop chicken coop.

Building a chicken coop to raise chicks.

Many thanks to Laura for sharing her photo and notes with the rest of us. If you like what she’s done or have any tips or questions about modifying The Garden Coop design, leave a reply in the comments below or email us directly. And if you find our posts helpful and want to receive email notifications as posts are published, subscribe to Coop Thoughts.

Share Button

4 Responses to “Make It Your Own: Laura’s Expanded Garden Coop, Sonoma County, California”

  1. Andrea Manfredo says:

    I like how you enlarged your coop. Did you buy 12ft 2x4s, or join two 6ft ones? Thinking of building a larger version too.
    Thanks

    • Laura says:

      We used 12′ two-by-fours for the frame — a couple photos here and here. Also, in retrospect, I would not have modified the henhouse to be quite so deep (8′ x 4′). If one is try to catch a chicken, it’s impossible to do if the henhouse is four feet deep! Three feet works fine in the other coops and is much easier to clean etc.

  2. Laura says:

    Thanks for posting! Since I sent you this photo, I’ve actually added on a second coop with multiple pens, all based on this design — the additional one sits to the left of this one, and has two 8×8′ pens and two 4×8′ pens. Wonderfully adaptable!

Leave a Reply to Laura