Make It Your Own: “Krewe of Coops” Virtual Chicken Coop Tour, No. 5 — Nine Garden Coops with Clever Modifications and Accessories

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Ideas are tested and problems solved in this fifth installment of the Krewe of Coops, featuring nine coop examples from customers who’ve personalized The Garden Coop walk-in chicken coop design with clever modifications or accessories. Enjoy the ride! 

Coop 1: Tim’s Split Garden Coop Condo, Portland, Oregon

“We had to split things up a bit to fit the space we had in our yard. We were also dealing with a hillside, so I’ll add some retaining walls as well. The handles on the side of the coop are used to remove the whole panel for cleaning.”

Urban chicken coop condo in Portland Oregon

Pop door beneath henhouse

Coop 2: Merrit’s Playscape Coop (with Rabbit), Austin, Texas

“I love this coop! I built the entire thing myself over a month, and only needed help when raising the walls. I attached it to our playscape so that the chickens could use the space under the fort as a run.”

Chicken coop combined with playlet

Keeping rabbits with chickens

Coop 3: Ross’s Garden Coop with Reversed Roof, Spokane, Washington

“Thanks for your incredible plans and kit! I changed the roof to drip away from my carport. I also added a window in the back at just the right height for my daughter to look in on her new friends. Unfortunately, it is also the right height for our lab/pointer mix to freak the chickens out. . . lots of training to be done with her.”

Garden Coop with Reversed Roof

Coop 4: Jill’s Garden Coop with Attached Garden Run (Half-Height and Walk-In Modules) and Burlap-Wrapped Ramp, Chesterton, Indiana

“Thanks for your wonderful plans and for the extraordinarily helpful hardware kit. I put my coop together with some help from family (and their power tools!) with almost no hiccups at all. I moved the pop door to the side wall and added a window and some snazzy trim to the access door. I also wrapped the ladder with two layers of burlap for traction until my chicks get used to going up and down. I’d recommend trimming the stray threads and folding over the edges before stapling so that so they don’t eat them.”

Garden Coop with Garden Run chicken run attached

Garden Coop chicken coop from plans

Window in The Garden Coop

Burlap covered chicken ramp

Coop 5: Heather and Alex’s Chicken Palace + Catio, Santa Rosa, California

“We doubled the length of The Garden Coop and added The Garden Run Walk-In module to the end (spaces kept separate) to serve as a catio for our 3 cats. Because we have hard adobe clay under the topsoil, we did the no-dig option for predator-proofing at the base. We chose redwood fence boards for the henhouse siding and used red semi-transparent stain on all exterior wood. We love the design, and love even more the fact that it’s so easily modifiable!”

Extra long Garden Coop from plans

Inside the expanded chicken coop

Tunnel from house window to Catio

 

 

Cat exploring its outdoor enclosure

Secure cat enclosure from The Garden Run plans

Coop 6: Jeff’s Garden Coop with Mezzanine, Carmichael, California

“We changed the position of the ladder, turned one wall of the coop into a large access door, and added the external nesting boxes. The most liked feature is the mezzanine with the two roosts above. The plans were great and very easy to work with. Oh, we also got your wonderful feeder. The flock loves it.”

Chicken coop with mezzanine

Chicken coop with mezzanine

Coop 7: Jason’s Platform Coop, Seattle, Washington

“The floor is plywood with a coat of some Blackjack #57 roof stuff for protection. The inside coop floor is now covered with a thick layer of sand. The only challenge was making sure the platform was sturdy and flat.”

Sealed plywood floor for chicken coop

Coop 8: Ahuva’s Garden Coop Extension, Monsey, New York

“I needed more space as I was adding six chicks to my current flock of five. I added a new enclosed coop section with a run underneath to the right of our existing coop. The access doors to both are on the outside of the coop on the right side. I followed the plan for the coop, adjusting some measurements, and most of it was pretty straightforward. It was tricky getting everything level, but the setup ended up being perfect. The two flocks can see each other and get used to each other, yet stay separate for now.”

Adding Section to Garden Coop Chicken Coop

Double Doors to Chicken Run

Coop 9: Jodi’s Garden Coop with Full-Perimeter Foundation, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

“Thank you for the wonderful plans and hardware kit. It is so much more functional and easy to care for them that I don’t mind asking my neighbors for help when we go out of town.”

Milwaukee Chicken Coop

Jodi built her coop with her boyfriend and father. Here are some of her notes:

  • We used cement block around the entire base. Instead of digging down or making an apron, we placed hardware cloth underneath the entire run area and set the blocks on top. Filled a few inches with 1″ round stone left over from another project.
  • The substrate is a 50/50 sand/dirt mixture which the girls seem happy with. It’s loose enough I can rake and scoop out any big debris.
  • We made the front and back henhouse walls removable for cleaning. Also the left wall has a large door that swings open overhead for access and extra ventilation.
  • The right and back walls extend down to the blocks to allow more shade and dry area.
  • We omitted the interior floating walls. Our girls have done really well with an uninsulated but draft-free coop for years now.
  • Our people door swings outward and has self-closing hinges.
  • We added a roosting bar hammock to accumulate the nightly deposits. The hammock is lined with sand for ease of scooping a few times per week. Here’s a video:

 

A big thanks to all who shared their pictures and ideas to this fifth ride of the Krewe of Coops. Like what they’ve done with their coops? Have a personal favorite? Let us know with a comment below. 

You can see more Krewe of Coops posts here, or browse all of our Make It Your Own coop profiles

If you’re interested in building The Garden Coop walk-in chicken coop design, the plans are available here. Also featured in some of the examples above is The Garden Run modular enclosure series

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3 Responses to “Make It Your Own: “Krewe of Coops” Virtual Chicken Coop Tour, No. 5 — Nine Garden Coops with Clever Modifications and Accessories”

  1. margi says:

    Thanks you so much for all this inspiration! We bought the coup plans a few years ago now but family circumstances have meant we haven’t got to it yet. But I do love receiving your emails and keeping the chicken keeping dream alive! (if only in my imagination for now)

  2. Lillian Vallee says:

    Love this entire operation. Thank you for all the thoughtful ideas. Just got the plans and will build with my son-in-law and grandsons. Such excitement!

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