Posts tagged with ‘Smaller’

 

Make It Your Own: “Krewe of Coops” Virtual Chicken Coop Tour No. 8 — A Dozen Garden Coops

Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

Large chicken coop from do it yourself instruction plans
In this eighth installment of the Krewe of Coops, we’re featuring a dozen examples of The Garden Coop backyard chicken coop design from all across the country. Enjoy! (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: 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…)

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: Reva’s Garden Coop “Mini,” Portland, Oregon

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

This cute Portland chicken coop was built using The Garden Coop walk-in chicken coop plans.

Using one-by-twos, they fashioned a lip to keep the bedding in place.Reva hired a local handyman to build a modified Garden Coop to house her backyard chickens. She sited the coop beneath a large yard tree and reduced its size so that it would fit the space perfectly. Inside the henhouse, she framed in a raised lip around the hens’ entry hole in the floor to keep the litter in place.

Thanks to Reva for the pictures and ideas. Check out our coop plans to build your own stylish chicken coop or tractor. Or click to see more examples of what others are building.

Make It Your Own: Lubosh Cech’s Hen Temple

Monday, August 30th, 2010

When Portland designer, filmmaker, and photographer Lubosh Cech was ready to build his own chicken coop, he wanted it to be a work of art. The Garden Coop chicken coop plans turned out to be the perfect place to start. Lubosh told us recently about the modifications he made to the design and how he gave his backyard coop an artful, personal touch:

Thank you for the plans! This was a fun project, and it successfully distracted me from my work for most of the month.

Because of the space limitations, I had to shorten the design and push the structure all the way to the corner of the yard. In addition to buying new lumber, I reused wood and other materials that cluttered my basement shop. Half of the paint I used is 100% recycled latex from Metro.

To make the structure more fun, I painted the Buddha on the front panel of the henhouse and decorated the roof with the Tibetan prayer flags. The Buddha is holding a golden egg over the nesting box access door.

Coincidentally, my three chicks moved in on July 6th, the Dalai Lama’s 75th birthday!

Here are a few more pictures of the Hen Temple. (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.