Make It Your Own

 

Make It Your Own: Christey’s Illinois Garden Coop with Eglu Cube Henhouse

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

Modified chicken coop from Garden Coop plans with Eglu Cube henhouse and run added to each side.

Christey built this modified version of The Garden Coop just outside of Chicago, using her existing Eglu chicken coop as the henhouse and adding the Eglu run to the other side as additional space for her hens. She writes: (more…)

Make It Your Own: Brian J.’s Garden State Chicken Coops

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

Modified versions of the Garden Coop and Garden Ark

Brian in Northern New Jersey built modified versions of the The Garden Coop and the The Garden Ark chicken coops to fit his Garden State home and needs. He sent us some great notes and photos of his handiwork:  (more…)

Make It Your Own: Susan’s Tennessee Garden Coop with an A-frame henhouse inside!

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

Chicken coop modified to include an existing a-frame mobile coop.

Susan at Gum Tree Farm in Tennessee already had a small mobile chicken coop, but was looking for a larger, more secure space to complete her chicken habitat. So she cleverly used The Garden Coop chicken coop plans to build a custom enclosure into which she installed her existing A-frame chicken coop for use as a henhouse.

(more…)

Make It Your Own: Nate’s Winterized Wisconsin Garden Coop

Saturday, February 15th, 2014

Winterized chicken coop built from The Garden Coop plans

With extremely cold weather dipping into the U.S. this winter, I thought I’d share some detailed notes I got from a customer in Galesville, Upper Wisconsin. He’s taken several steps to winterize his Garden Coop and reports that his flock of seven has stayed active, healthy, and laying — even as the mercury dips to 20 below. Read on to see what he’s done. The rest of this post comes directly from Nate. . .  (more…)

Make It Your Own: Scott and Dylan’s New York Garden Coop with External Nesting Boxes

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

Garden Coop in New York built with plans

Scott and his eight-year-old son, Dylan, sent us a note and pictures of The Garden Coop they built together at their home in New York state. The red henhouse with trim and the outboard nesting boxes are great additions!  (more…)

Make It Your Own: Reed’s Idaho Garden Coop

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

Modified and expanded Garden Coop hen house and secure run.

Reed in Idaho built this beautifully landscaped chicken coop using our chicken coop plans with modifications to better suit his needs and to match existing buildings on his property. What a great addition to what looks like an already fantastic farm!  (more…)

Make It Your Own: Clay’s Striped Garden Coop, Austin, Texas

Monday, January 20th, 2014


Chicken coop with log roosts in run area.
Clay from Austin, Texas sent us a note and pictures of the chicken coop he built using the The Garden Coop plans. The striped stained-wood siding on the henhouse and extra external nesting boxes look fantastic. The rest of the post is from Clay. . . .

(more…)

Make It Your Own: Laura’s Expanded Garden Coop, Sonoma County, California

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

Expanded chicken coop from The Garden Coop plans in Sonoma County

Professional photographer Laura in Sonoma County, California used our chicken coop plans to build and customize this larger version of The Garden Coop design. She sent us a note describing the modifications she made. The rest of this post comes from her. . . .  (more…)

Make It Your Own: Ying’s Chicago Backyard Coop

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

Ying made a wonderful addition to her Chicago backyard using the Garden Coop chicken coop plans, modifying the design to have a peaked roof. The rest of the post comes from her. . . . 

Wood frame of backyard chicken coop in Chicago

Building my chicken coop

I bought your plans back in the second week of June and started working on it right away. I finished in early August and wanted to share with you the fruits of my labor!

It was very daunting to see some 30+ pages after I purchased your coop plans and downloaded it, but I was determined to see it through. I thought if other women could do it, why not me?

I deviated from the plan and added my own alterations, but I used the main frame which gave me a fantastic foundation.  (more…)

Make It Your Own: Nick’s Iowa Garden Ark with External Nesting Boxes

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

Blue and white chicken tractor with outboard nesting boxes

Nick shared pictures of his blue and white chicken tractor that he built using The Garden Ark plans. The outboard nesting boxes look great, and the hinged window is a nice touch. Here are his comments. . .  (more…)

Make It Your Own: Neiley’s Maine Garden Coop with Flower Box

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

Chicken coop with flower box and glass window

Time for some serious chicken TV! Imagine spending summer evenings sitting on that bench looking at this pretty Garden Coop. Love the flower box, 4-pane glass window, and handy hooks next to the outboard nesting boxes that Neiley added. She sent us this nice note:

I purchased your coop plans and loved the process of building because the plans were so easy to follow. I have only done minor projects before, but even with limited skills I was able to make a coop to be proud of. No one can believe I made it myself. I did go my own way with the hen house. Though, I still followed the basic idea of what you had done to help me through. Thank you for making it soooo easy AND fun. It is such a cute addition to our yard!

Thanks to Neiley for sharing her coop photo with us. If you’d like to see more examples of our customers’ chicken coop builds as they’re posted, along with tips on building coops and keeping chickens in general, subscribe to Coop Thoughts. It’s free, ad-free, and you can unsubscribe at any time.

Make It Your Own: Steve’s Backyard Garden Coop, Queensland, Australia

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

Garden Coop built on a slope.

Steve used The Garden Coop plans to build this secure walk-in coop at the edge of his orchard on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia. He sent us a nice note and pictures to share.  (more…)

Make It Your Own: Peter and Maelanie’s Garden Coop with Pergola

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

Peter and Maelanie used The Garden Coop walk-in chicken coop plans as a jumping off point for their beautiful Wisconsin coop. The rest of this post comes straight from them. . .

Chicken coop built next to home.

(more…)

Make It Your Own: Matt’s Garden Coop – Microfarm Organic Gardens, North Carolina

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

Microfarm Organic Gardens Garden Coop Chicken Coop

Thanks to Matt in North Carolina for sending in these ethereal photos of his Garden Coop chicken coop, taken just as the mid-morning sun was breaking through the crepe myrtles in his backyard. Just beautiful.

Matt is the owner of Microfarm Organic Gardens, a company that helps people in his area set up the perfect backyard garden with services that include building The Garden Coop and The Garden Ark chicken coops.

Microfarm Organic Gardens Garden Coop Chicken Coop

So if you’re in NC and more ASAP than DIY, drop Matt a line. And check out more examples of his work and gardening tips on the Microfarm Gardens blog.

Make It Your Own: Mary’s Split-Level Garden Coop, Laguna Beach, California

Sunday, July 28th, 2013

Mary's split-level Garden Coop chicken coop.

The foundation of The Garden Coop design allows you to easily accommodate a slight slope when building your chicken coop. But what do you do when your site has a much steeper grade?

Split it up! At least, that’s what Mary did with her chicken coop project in Laguna Beach, California, tucking a beautiful split-level, narrow Garden Coop into a sloped strip right next to her driveway. The rest of this post comes directly from her. . .  (more…)