Make It Your Own

 

Make It Your Own: “Krewe of Coops” Virtual Chicken Coop Tour, No. 2

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

It’s time again for the Krewe of Coops, a celebration of what people have been building with our chicken coop plans. This time, we’re featuring The Garden Coop design exclusively, with nine fantastic examples from across the U.S. and one from Australia. So gather your feathered friends, find a comfy perch, and enjoy the parade!

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How to move The Garden Coop chicken coop

Thursday, November 6th, 2014

Moving The Garden Coop chicken coop Portland Oregon

Why did the chicken coop cross the road? 

I’d love to hear your punchline in the comments, but first let’s address the fact that sometimes a chicken coop does indeed have to cross a road — sometimes even several roads.

Maybe you’re moving and you want to take it with you. Maybe you sold it to someone in town. Either way, it’s gotta roll. And while that’s easy with a smaller coop, if you built a walk-in coop like The Garden Coop, relocating it takes planning and effort.

In this post, I cover a few things that may help:

  • Tips for building The Garden Coop so it’s easier to move later
  • How to move The Garden Coop once it’s built and in place
  • Alternatives to moving your chicken coop

Stay to the end for a special treat: Chevy’s Big Garden Coop Move pictures and video of a real-life, cross-town chicken coop move. Portlandia’s got nothing on this action.  (more…)

Make It Your Own: Sandra and John’s Basic Coop, Layton, Utah

Saturday, October 25th, 2014

Basic Chicken Coop from Plans

Sandra and John used The Basic Coop stand-alone chicken coop plans to build this home for their mixed flock of standard and bantam hens in Utah. They made a few modifications to suit their needs:  (more…)

Make It Your Own: Rebecca’s Basic Coop and Run

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

Basic plywood chicken coop built from plans.

Rebecca from just outside Philadelphia sent in a couple pictures of her new Basic Coop stand-alone chicken coop and attached run. I’m impressed by the height modification she made, her choice of siding and color, and the way she thought through the whole process to build a coop that would suit her needs. What’s even more impressive is that this is one of her first-ever building projects. The rest of the post comes directly from her. . .  (more…)

Make It Your Own: Rob and Tansy’s Veggie Garden and Chicken Coop, Bendigo, Victoria (Australia)

Friday, August 29th, 2014

Rob and Tansy's Australian Garden Coop chicken coop from metric instructions
Spring is right around the corner. . . in Australia, anyway, where the season starts the first of September. In honor of that, I’m featuring the gorgeous garden and coop of Rob and Tansy K. of Bendigo, Victoria. They used the metric version of our plans to build The Garden Coop to house their chooks, modifying the size somewhat to fit atop an existing brick raised garden bed and to incorporate found and recycled materials. The result is not only a beautiful backyard chicken coop, but one with character and history right from the start. Read on for more, including a look at a regional magazine feature that showcased their creation. The rest of the post comes directly from Rob. . . . (more…)

Make It Your Own: Rob and Family’s California Garden Coop + Goats

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

Chickens and goats together in a California backyard

Rob S. and his family in Davis, California, used The Garden Coop plans to build a more spacious coop for their flock of eight backyard chickens when they moved from the city to the outskirts. But chickens aren’t the only creatures in his family’s yard. “We have a mule, a donkey, and two sheep in the front pasture,” Rob says. And out back with the chickens. . . two Nigerian dwarf goats! Read on to see how they all get along. The rest of the story comes directly from Rob. . . .  (more…)

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

Friday, August 1st, 2014

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.  (more…)

Make It Your Own: Heidi’s Oregon Garden Ark for Bunnies

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

The Garden Ark modified to house two rabbits.

Heidi in Portland, Oregon, used our plans for The Garden Ark chicken coop to build a rabbit hutch for her two pet rabbits. While the ark works well for this in both size and functionality, there are some things you’d need to modify to make it work for bunnies. To get the discussion going, here are some tips Heidi sent in for others thinking of doing the same.  (more…)

Make It Your Own: Bill and Chris’s Massachusetts Garden Coop

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

Front view of Garden Coop with henhouse window and green trim.

Bill and Chris in Southeastern Massachusetts built a beautiful chicken coop using The Garden Coop plans. They sent us some nice pictures and a detailed description of all they did to make it their own. The rest of the post comes directly from Chris. . . .  (more…)

Make It Your Own: Marc’s California Garden Coop

Monday, May 26th, 2014

California chicken coop with tongue and groove siding.

Marc in Los Altos, California, built this great-looking chicken coop using The Garden Coop walk-in coop plans. He added some nice touches and sent a lot of pictures to illustrate what he’s built. The rest of the post comes from him. . . . (more…)

Make It Your Own: Dale’s Decked Out Oregon Garden Coop

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

Garden Coop with henhouse walls to the ground.

Dale sent us pictures of his amazing garden and chicken coop he built using The Garden Coop plans. Among many other additions, he built the henhouse walls to the ground on three sides, attached attractive outboard nesting boxes, and added rectangular windows to the henhouse. The rest of the post is from Dale. . .  (more…)

Make It Your Own: Breanna’s Sacramento Garden Coop with Extended Run

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

Walk-in chicken coop made bigger with 12' extended run and outboard nesting boxes

Breanna in Sacramento, California, built this roomy chicken coop using The Garden Coop plans. She extended the run by twelve feet and added external nesting boxes to the hen house just left of the walk-in door. White paint and a well-placed tarp help keep her chickens cooler in the summer months.

Thanks to Breanna for sharing a picture of her chicken coop. If you like what she’s created, please let her know with a note below. And if you want to receive email notifications of future posts, subscribe to Coop Thoughts.

 

 

Make It Your Own: Ian’s Garden Ark Chicken Coop with Solar-Powered Door Opener (VIDEO)

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

Low power solar panel charges battery to power automatic chicken door

Let the chickens out. Let the chickens back in. Let ‘em out. Let ‘em in. . . .

Ian wasn’t having it anymore. While he wanted to give his chickens daily access to a larger space outside their coop, he couldn’t stay tied to their schedule. Not every day, anyway.

So being the tech savvy guy he is, Ian dug into his box of spare computer parts, added some components he found online, and fashioned a solution that has simplified his life. (more…)

Make It Your Own: Michael’s Seattle Garden Coop with Cedar Siding and Windows

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

Chicken coop with cedar siding and shortened run

Michael and family in Seattle built a modified version of the The Garden Coop to fit their backyard and needs. I particularly like the woodwork on this coop, like the tapers he cut into the ends of the purlins, the alternating corners on the siding, and the added depth and angle on the rafter tails. Michael sent us some great notes and several photos of their handiwork. Here they are:  (more…)

Make It Your Own: Ethan’s Redwood Garden Coop, Sunnyvale, California

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

California redwood used to side chicken coop

Check out Ethan’s backyard coop built using The Garden Coop walk-in chicken coop plans. I like the altered dimensions, door, and roof  — and how it all fits into his yard and plantings. He used redwood, which is a beautiful option if it’s available to you. His notes. . .  (more…)