Make It Your Own: Kristopher & Family’s Spokane Garden Coop

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Spokane chicken coop with blue trip.

Kristopher and his family in Spokane, Washington, built a beautiful chicken coop using our plans as a guide. I love the attention to detail, for instance, in their choice of hinges, ladder construction, dark blue trim, and neatly attached hardware cloth. They also added a nifty PVC feeder they can fill from outside the coop. 

They wrote:

Just want to say thank you for what you are doing to promote the urban backyard chicken movement and lifestyle! Our four beautiful layers (soon to be 7) needed a larger living space, so we ordered your Garden Coop plans several months ago and just put the finishing touches on yesterday.

This was truly an “all hands on deck” kind of project that our boys will always remember. Our seven-year-old was happy to collect three eggs this morning, so I’d say our gals are already feeling right at home. As advertised, your plans were FANTASTIC — simple, explicit, step-by-step, and thorough.

We made a few modifications:

  • A vinyl floor for the henhouse
  • Washed-up sticks from the Spokane River for the ladder and roosts
  • A mounted PVC gravity feeder that can be loaded with about two weeks’ worth of food from the outside of the coop (a method that seemed to work well on the tractor, notice the “chimney” in the photo below)

 

Brothers holding their laying hens.

Sealing the frame on the chicken coop.

Mom and sons working together to seal the outside of the henhouse.

PVC gravity feeder used with the Garden Coop.

Feeding trough of the PVC gravity feeder on the Garden Coop.

The Garden Coop and a mobile chicken tractor with two hens.

Many thanks to Kristopher and his family for the kind words and for sharing their handiwork with the rest of us. If you like what they’ve 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.

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7 Responses to “Make It Your Own: Kristopher & Family’s Spokane Garden Coop”

  1. Major says:

    Looks great!

    Did you run the hardware cloth down into the ground or just use the bricks as digging deterrent?

    Also, what did you use for hardware cloth attachment? Can’t really tell from the pictures. A better close up of that maybe?

    Thanks!

    • Yegges says:

      Thanks for the kind words. Yes, we left all metal fabric long enough to extend below ground level. We dug a shallow trench around the perimeter before getting started and then laid garden pavers so we’d have a more solid, sturdy, and level base to built on. It really worked out nicely. The raccoons in town have made quick work of several small flocks in the neighborhood so we didn’t take any chances. Oh, and fabric is held up with little screws with washers.

  2. Ross says:

    Very cool! My family also just built a garden coop recently… and we also live in Spokane. We should compare notes on backyard chicken strategies in our climate, etc. Cheers!

  3. Yegge's says:

    Ah yes, the bricks around the bottom were an added measure to discourage any digging raccoons from accessing our girls. :)

  4. Yegge's says:

    The PVC gravity feeder ends at a right angle (90 degree elbow) that extends about a foot into the coup. A cap screws onto the top to keep snow and moisture out and the chickens do the required pecking to keep the feed flowing evenly down the tube as needed. We keep the feeder topped off but it holds enought food to last about 2 weeks.

  5. Abby F says:

    Hi –

    Questions about the gravity feeder:
    When you install it, is it at an angle to keep the food moving all the way to the end of the feeding tray? Do you have problems with the food just staying right at the mouth of the feeder?

    Can it be easily removed to clean etc?

    Abby

  6. Donna says:

    Beautiful coop! Why did you add the bricks around the bottom?

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