Coop Construction

 

Make It Your Own: Anna and Chris’s Barrel Vault Garden Coop, Seattle, Washington

Thursday, March 21st, 2013

Curved roof on this Seattle chicken coop, built with The Garden Coop plans.

Anna and Chris’s modern Seattle home is topped with a striking barrel-vault roof. So why not build a chicken coop to match? After much research, a few sketches, plans and feedback from TheGardenCoop.com, the careful work of a local carpenter, and some personal touches, they got just what they wanted. The rest of this post comes from them. . .

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Make It Your Own: Marty’s Expanded Garden Coop, Texas

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

Marty used The Garden Coop plans to make this larger version of the design.

Marty and his son Corbin in Texas used The Garden Coop chicken coop plans as a starting point to build a beautiful backyard chicken coop — one that’s a good 60% larger than the original Garden Coop design. Marty was kind enough to share some photos and details, so if you’re looking to build a larger Garden Coop, here’s one way to go about it. (more…)

Make It Your Own: Linda and Robert’s Garden Coop, Juneau, Wisconsin

Friday, January 18th, 2013

Linda and Robert's Garden Coop chicken coop, all ready for a Wisconsin winter.

Linda and Robert sent in several photos of their beautiful backyard Garden Coop chicken coop, all suited up for the Wisconsin winter. The rest of this post comes straight from them. . . . (more…)

Make It Your Own: Deb and Donovan’s Flower Box Garden Coop, Kirkland, Washington

Saturday, January 12th, 2013

Flower box on the front of Washington State Garden Coop chicken coop.

Deb and Donovan from near Seattle sent in several views of their backyard chicken coop build. Look at that flower box and window! They were kind enough to share some thoughts on their experience finding and building the right coop for their needs. The rest of this post comes from them. . . (more…)

NEW: Quick Kits for The Garden Coop and The Garden Ark chicken coops

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

They’re here! Our new chicken coop hardware Quick Kits for The Garden Coop and The Garden Ark let you build your backyard chicken coop even easier and faster.

In one box you get all the screws, staples, nuts, bolts, washers, nails, roofing screws, latches, hinges, braces, and more that you need to build your coop. All that’s left for you to shop for are the bulky items: wood, roofing, hardware cloth, pier blocks (Garden Coop), and stain/paint. (more…)

NEW: Chicken coop hardware Quick Kit for The Garden Ark

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

The Garden Ark is a fun to build, portable chicken tractor, ideal for 3 hensYou can now build The Garden Ark mobile chicken coop easier and faster than ever, thanks to our new chicken coop hardware Quick Kit.

* UPDATE (11/14/12): We now also offer a Quick Kit for The Garden Coop.

In one box you get all the screws, staples, nuts, bolts, washers, nails, roofing screws, latches, hinges, braces, custom-cut tubing, and wheels you need to build this modern mobile tractor design.

All that’s left for you to shop for are the bulky items: wood, roofing, hardware cloth, and stain/paint.

The Quick Kit is the perfect companion to The Garden Ark plans for a number of reasons:

  • It’s got just what you need — the right parts in the right amounts. So you can dive right into your project.
  • It’s priced at what you’d expect to pay if you bought these items locally.
  • It includes only high-quality parts, so you don’t have to settle for what your nearby hardware stores might carry.

Kit contains all the hardware you need to build The Garden Ark chicken coopI build a Garden Ark or two each year and began thinking of these kits as a way to streamline my own shopping. Now you can enjoy the same efficiencies — I’ll shop, you build!

Learn more and order your chicken coop Quick Kit here.

If you’ve already built The Garden Ark — or The Garden Coop, for that matter — please leave a comment and let me know if something like this would have come in handy for your coop build.

Make It Your Own: The Can Do Man’s Garden Coop, Raleigh, North Carolina

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

Dan S. and family in Raleigh sent in this exciting example of a backyard coop built with The Garden Coop plans. The time and attention they put into it shows, and you can tell from the pictures that it was truly a family project. Dan was kind enough to share his thoughts on the plans and his notes on the customizations he made. The rest of the post comes from him. Enjoy!

Dan's review of The Garden Coop plans

Dan’s review of The Garden Coop plans

I did a lot of research before I built my chicken coop, and this is by far one of the best sets of coop plans out there. I went back and forth on trying to create my own plan until I found your site. The plans are worth every bit of the price (if not a lot more). (more…)

Make It Your Own: Abby and John’s Garden Coop (Lafayette, California)

Friday, March 16th, 2012

California backyard chicken coop built with The Garden Coop chicken coop plans

Abby and John used The Garden Coop chicken coop plans to build this gorgeous coop for their California backyard. It’s a wonderful example of how something as functional as a chicken coop, when done right, can add beauty to an already beautiful outdoor garden space.

I’ve actually been meaning to post this coop profile for some time, so without further delay. . . (more…)

New Book: The Chicken Encyclopedia by Gail Damerow

Saturday, March 10th, 2012

Review of Gail Damerow's new book The Chicken Encyclopedia: An Illustrated Reference

Reading Gail Damerow’s new book The Chicken Encyclopedia: An Illustrated Reference I was sent back to the time when my family and I were first looking into keeping backyard chickens. We’d found a handful of very helpful books on the subject. But something about the format of your standard chapter-by-chapter book left us feeling overwhelmed — like we had to understand the whole book, or we wouldn’t be prepared to get started.

The Chicken Encyclopedia is different. (more…)

How to build grazing frames for your backyard chickens

Tuesday, February 7th, 2012

Free plans for backyard chicken frames to grow greens that will last for months.Allowing your chickens to graze on fresh grass is a good thing — not just for them, but for you as well. The nutrients in green vegetation enhances the quality of their eggs and meat. And since fresh greens can make up about 20-30% of a chicken’s diet, providing them for your chickens can save you on feed costs.

But keeping your chickens supplied with fresh greens can be a challenge. When chickens have plenty of room to roam, they will graze a little off the top, then move on. When forage space is limited, however, as in a small urban or suburban backyard, chickens will continue to graze and scratch in the same spot until the vegetation is torn down to the roots.

An easy solution? Grazing frames! (more…)

How to wrap your chicken coop for the winter

Friday, November 25th, 2011

The Garden Coop chicken coop design wrapped in plastic for the rainy winter seasonFor the past few winters, I’ve wrapped our Garden Coop in plastic sheeting to keep driving rain and snow (mostly rain here in the Pacific Northwest) out of the run area.

I’d love to say I do this for artistic reasons, à la Christo, but it’s really all about practicality. Plastic film is inexpensive, easy to put up, and keeps your hens dry and happy. And in the spring, you can just take it down, roll it up, and store it out of the way.

There are other solutions, of course — sheet siding, acrylic panels, canvas, landscape fabric. Let me know in the comments what has worked for you. (more…)

Discount code for non-toxic wood treatment and stains from Timber Pro UV

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

For visitors to TheGardenCoop.com, I’ve arranged a discount from Portland’s own Timber Pro UV on their non-toxic wood treatments and stains.

In particular, their Internal Wood Stabilizer product is ideally suited for chicken coops like The Garden Coop and The Garden Ark, safely protecting exposed exterior softwoods from rot and moisture damage in a way that stain or paint alone cannot.

Learn more and get the Timber Pro UV discount code here.

Review of The Garden Ark metric coop plans at imnojamieoliver.com

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

Matt used our metric chicken coop plans to build this modern backyard coop in his Cape Town garden.Matt Allison of Cape Town, South Africa has posted this article about being the first in his neighborhood to start keeping chickens, adding a flock of four to his growing backyard garden. If things trend the way they have in many of the neighborhoods I’m familiar with, his neighbors will soon be following his lead.

I owe Matt a debt of thanks for pushing me to complete the metric version of The Garden Ark plans. He worked with me to review measurements, materials, and process. And his suggestions will help others avoid mistakes that I never would have caught. Most importantly, his coop turned out great, as you can see by the coop pictures at his post. Thanks, Matt!

Where in the world are you building our chicken coop designs? Leave a comment and let us know.

Make It Your Own: Julie and Dave’s Garden Coop (Pleasantville, New York)

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

Julie and Dave increased the size of their chicken coop built with The Garden Coop plans.

Julie and Dave have a spacious yard in upstate New York and wanted to build their Garden Coop a little larger than what’s outlined in the plan. They made their coop a few feet wider by increasing the width of the three sections by a foot each. They added a couple feet in depth as well. And they moved the full-length people door from the front to the side of the coop. It came out great. (more…)

Make It Your Own: Lisa’s High-Altitude Garden Coop

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

Lisa built her Garden Coop atop a 7,000 foot mountain in Colorado.

OMG. In case you were wondering just how extreme of conditions chickens can thrive in (with human help, of course), check out Lisa’s Garden Coop high in the mountains of Colorado. The rest of this post comes from her: (more…)