Posts tagged with ‘California’

 

Make It Your Own: Richard and Ellen’s “Secret Layer,” Vista, California

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

This spacious California chicken coop was built using The Garden Coop walk-in coop plans.

Richard and Ellen shared several pictures of their Garden Coop build along with notes about how they customized it for their California backyard. The rest of the post comes from them. . . (more…)

Make It Your Own: Brigitte and Max’s Garden Coop (Davis, California)

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

Max and Brigitte used The Garden Coop plans to add a chicken coop to their Davis backyard.

Brigitte and Max sent in this picture of their Garden Coop in sunny Davis, California. It’s a good example of how well a chicken coop — even a good-sized walk-in coop like The Garden Coop — can fit into a typical backyard.

I asked them about the finish on the wood, which came out really nice. “For the frame in fir I used a leftover deck sealer and stained the wood before we put the frame up,” Brigitte wrote. “The wood around the house is redwood, and we left it natural.”

Thanks, Brigitte and Max, for the photo and feedback!

Make It Your Own: Anna & Matt’s Garden Coop, San Francisco, California

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

Along with pictures of their completed backyard chicken coop, Anna and Matt sent a very thoughtful review of The Garden Coop chicken coop plans and a summary of their building process and decisions. So without further ado, the rest of this post comes straight from them:

Anna and Matt built their own backyard chicken coop using The Garden Coop plans

Finding the right chicken coop plans

After much research, Matt and I finally settled on purchasing both The Garden Coop and The Garden Ark plans. We had never built anything from scratch — our prior building experience topped out at putting together some cheap bookshelves and a coffee table. We had considered coming up with our own plans based on pictures of random coops available online, but we quickly scrapped the idea when we realized that we wanted to build something that was actually aesthetically pleasing.

There are quite a few books out there detailing coop plans, along with other plans that could be purchased via Internet download, but none of those plans would produce a coop that came close to the simple beauty of The Garden Coop. . . (more…)

Make It Your Own: Matt’s Garden Coop, Long Beach, California

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

The Garden Coop, Long Beach, CaliforniaMatt modified his Garden Coop to fit on an existing concrete slab next to his home. He also added in a loft for his Birmingham roller pigeons, a unique way to make added use of the structure. More about the pigeons later in the post.

First, some of Matt’s comments about building his chicken coop:

I must say, this was the biggest construction project I’ve ever undertaken, and your plans were worth every penny. It was fun and fairly easy.

I have my coop on the side of my house on a concrete slab. This made it easier because it removed the need to dig a trench. I put wood shavings down on top of the concrete.

Henhouse Siding With ArtworkThe biggest modification I made was to shrink the coop’s depth to make it fit. I have only three hens and they have plenty of room. Narrowing the coop like this, I had to make the door swing outward, otherwise there is not enough room to move around easily with the doors open.

I used cedar fence boards for the siding and added battens to the hen house. The battens help insulate and give it a nice look.

Thanks, Matt, for sharing your ideas and pictures. . . and for teaching me something about roller pigeons. Here’s a video link Matt sent showing what roller pigeons look like in flight. Apparently, their flips are caused by some sort of seizure they have as they fly. This anomaly makes for some dramatic aerobatics. . . but please, don’t let these pigeons drive the bus.