Coop Construction

 

Make It Your Own: Ralf’s Automated Chicken Haven, Kitzingen, Germany

Sunday, December 9th, 2018

Chicken coop customized from The Garden Coop plans

Ralf used our plans for The Garden Coop walk-in chicken coop as a starting point for his fully insulated and highly automated chicken coop. The result is both beautiful and functional — and from the sound of it, a lot of fun to put together. The rest of this post comes directly from him. . . 

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“Krewe of Coops” Virtual Chicken Coop Tour No. 10 – Six Garden Coops from Maryland and Virginia

Saturday, November 3rd, 2018

Large walk in chicken coop with external nest box
In this tenth Krewe of Coops virtual chicken coop tour, we take a trip to Maryland and Virginia to showcase six examples of coops built using The Garden Coop backyard chicken coop plans. (more…)

Winter’s coming!

Friday, October 26th, 2018

Extend daylight in chicken coop during the winter
Winter is on the way in the Northern Hemisphere. These 3 resources will help you get your coop and flock ready for the coming season:

  • Chicken Keeping Buyer’s Guide – This is our selection of curated links to tools, materials, accessories, books, and art that make coop building and chicken keeping easier and more fun. Specific to cold weather, the guide points you to options for adding light to the coop and heat to your chickens’ waterer (and henhouse, if needed). Have ideas to add to the list? Please let me know.
  • Winter Coop Care Series – This four-part series is our go-to reference for how to prepare your coop and flock for the winter. Please add any tips directly to the comments sections of those posts.
  • All of our “winter”-themed posts – See everything we have that’s winter-related, including a many coop profiles from customers who’ve built our designs in some fairly cold and some truly extreme environments.

Happy wintering!

“Krewe of Coops” Virtual Chicken Coop Tour No. 9 — Six Delightful Garden Coops

Sunday, October 14th, 2018

LED light strip for backyard chicken coop

In this ninth installment of the Krewe of Coops, we showcase six examples of coops built using The Garden Coop backyard chicken coop plans. Enjoy! (more…)

DIY Chicken Coop Wall Carrier

Friday, July 20th, 2018

Do it yourself hook carrier for chicken coop walls

We got this tip for a wall carrier from a customer building The Garden Loft, a design that allows you to pre-build the walls of your coop in one location, then move them into place for assembly. The rest of this post comes from him. . . .  (more…)

Make It Your Own: “Krewe of Coops” Virtual Chicken Coop Tour, No. 7 — The Garden Loft Large Walk-In Coop

Saturday, September 23rd, 2017

Spacious chicken coop from blueprints
In this seventh installment of the Krewe of Coops, I’m excited to show off five examples of our latest and largest coop design, The Garden Loft. . . (more…)

Building a chicken coop and a whole lot more

Wednesday, August 30th, 2017

The Garden Loft large walk-in chicken coop design

Steven in Pennsylvania built this spacious backyard chicken coop using The Garden Loft plans and hardware kit. He sent us pictures of his build along with a wonderful note describing the impact the project has had on his life and neighborhood. The rest of this post comes directly from him. . . (more…)

Make It Your Own: “Krewe of Coops” Virtual Chicken Coop Tour, No. 6. . . 10 Garden Coops Built With Salvaged Materials

Thursday, April 13th, 2017

Colorado Chicken Coop from Plans
Some of the most interesting chicken coops feature repurposed, recycled, or salvaged materials and decorations. Whether done for the sentiment, the looks, the environment, or simply to save money, incorporating available and found materials into your backyard coop will make it one of a kind. . . (more…)

NEW: Hardware Kit for The Garden Loft Walk-In Chicken Coop

Monday, December 19th, 2016

Pre-packed hardware kits are now available for our latest walk-in chicken coop design, The Garden Loft. . .

Hardware kit for The Garden Loft large walk-in chicken coop

The Garden Loft Quick Kit contains all the hardware you need (screws, staples, hinges, latches, etc.) to put this design together. Just add the bulky stuff like wood, roofing panels, hardware cloth, pier blocks, paint, and so on. It’s priced near what you’d pay at your local big box store, and it ships free to your door from sales-tax-free Oregon.

Click to learn more about The Garden Loft chicken coop plans and hardware kit

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

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016

Chickens on roost
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!  (more…)

Keeping bees with chickens

Monday, January 25th, 2016

Keeping bees and chickens in the same coop

Bryan in Atlanta sent in photos of his finished Garden Coop, which he expanded so that he could keep bees and chickens together. I found the idea fascinating, so I asked him to explain how his plan to incorporate a bee hive informed his chicken coop build. The rest of this post comes directly from him. . . .  (more…)

Make It Your Own: Matt’s Copper-Top Garden Coop, Raleigh, North Carolina

Monday, January 18th, 2016

Chicken coop roof painted with copper paint

Matt in Raleigh used The Garden Coop walk-in chicken coop plans and hardware quick kit to create a beautifully customized copper-top coop. It looks stunning new, and the copper will only gain character as it ages. The photos and notes that follow come directly from him. . .  (more…)

Make It Your Own: “Krewe of Coops” Virtual Chicken Coop Tour, No. 4 — A Dozen Larger Garden Coops

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015

Karen's larger Garden Coop with expanded hen house
We’re blowing it up in this fourth ride of the Krewe of Coops, featuring a dozen examples of coops from customers who’ve modified The Garden Coop walk-in chicken coop design to build larger, wider, deeper, taller. Enjoy the parade! (more…)

Make It Your Own: “Krewe of Coops” Virtual Chicken Coop Tour, No. 3

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

In this third ride of the Krewe of Coops, we feature The Garden Ark mobile chicken coop design, with several examples from around the U.S. Enjoy the parade!

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VIDEO: Chickens exploring The Garden Run

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

I shot this just after opening up The Garden Run to our chickens for the first time last spring, expanding their secure daytime space threefold.

We’ve since added perches, grazing frames, an herb/succulent garden (on top of the half-height module), a small roof, and vining jasmine to the run. Yet even without those features in place, you can see that the hens are very much engaged in the run right from the start, moving from one “room” to another to forage together or separately.

You can configure The Garden Run however you like, building one module or many. As you can see in the video, multiple modules work together to create a variety spaces for your chickens to explore.