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Keep chickens AND your sense of style.


Our original chicken coop and run design plans and hardware kits make it easy to build & customize a beautiful, secure habitat for your backyard chickens.

These chicken coops and runs are designed right. So whether you're new to keeping chickens or to carpentry, you can raise your own garden-fresh eggs — without turning your backyard into a barnyard. Take your pick. . .


The Garden Coop walk-in coop and run plans  

The Garden Coop Chicken Coop Plans

» Keep up to 8 hens or customize for more

» Walk in through the full-sized door

» Know your flock is safe with a 360° barrier against rodents and predators

» Easily modify to suit your flock and needs

» Measures about 10'w x 6'd x 8'h
(3m x 1.8m x 2.4m)

» Hardware Quick Kit available
(U.S. only)


The Garden Ark mobile chicken coop plans  

The Garden Ark Chicken Coop Plans

» Keep up to 3 hens

» Move it around for grazing and/or fertilizing your garden. It's portable —
and it has wheels!

» Know your flock is safe with tough protection against predators

» Measures about 3'w x 6'd x 4'h
(.9m x 1.8m x 1.2m)

» Hardware Quick Kit available
(U.S. only)



The Basic Coop Plans

Basic Coop Chicken Coop Plans

» Keep up to 4 hens

» Efficient design optimizes materials and space — can be built for under $200

» Stands alone in a fenced-in area or free-range yard — or attach an enclosed run

» A starter coop you can grow with

» Measures about 3'w x 3'd x 4'h
(1m x 1m x 1.2m)

» Hardware Quick Kit available
(U.S. only)



The Garden Run Plans


The Garden Run Chicken Run Plans

» Expand your coop a little or a lot with your choice of designs

» Secure your hens' day run all around

» Grow herbs or succulents in a raised, permeable garden bed

» Provide beauty and shade with a walk-in pergola

» Connects easily to all our coop designs — or to any coop or hutch

» A perfect companion to our coop plans. Bundle and save!




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Nipple waterers & poultry nipples...

Chicken drinking from a bucket nipple waterer.


Peck-It-Clean™ Veggie Feeder...

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Everything your chickens need, all in one place.

All of our coop designs incorporate the features your chickens need to be healthy and happy.

» Ample ventilation and light

» Security from predators (raccoons, foxes, etc.)

» Protection from the elements

» Nesting box(es) and roosts

And our modular enclosed runs let you add even more secure outdoor space to their habitat.

But that's just part of it. We designed these chicken coops with you in mind. They're attractive, functional, and easy to clean and maintain — all while making efficient use of materials and space.

Learn more about each design:

The Garden Coop walk-in chicken coop
The Garden Ark mobile chicken coop
The Basic Coop stand-alone chicken coop
The Garden Run modular enclosure series


Written for beginners, so you can build like a pro.

Our 45+ page construction guide e-books include complete tools and materials lists, measurements, photos, diagrams, and step-by-step instructions to show you how to build a chicken coop or run you'll love.

They require only basic skills, simple cuts, and easy-to-find materials for straightforward assembly. Each plan also includes details, photos, and construction tips based on years of customer feedback. And if you have any questions as you go, every plan purchase includes free email support directly from the designer.


» Coop plans start at only $24.95. Run plans start at $12.95.

» Satisfaction guaranteed

» Metric versions available

» Compatible with iPad and other PDF-friendly devices

» Add external nest boxes with our FREE online tutorial






LOOK INSIDE! Download our free chicken coop plan and chicken run plan previews to see what to expect.




Explore. . .

» Learn more about and see pictures of:

The Garden Coop walk-in chicken coop plans
The Garden Ark mobile chicken coop plans
The Basic Coop stand-alone chicken coop plans
The Garden Run chicken run plans

» See how others are using our instructions to build and customize their coops

» Subscribe to Coop Thoughts, our chicken coop blog, for free ideas on chicken coop design, how-to tutorials, and more






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See how others are building and customizing our urban chicken coop designs to meet their needs:

Modern, mobile chicken coop built using The Garden Ark plans
Chicken coop design The Garden Coop plans - Boise, Idaho
Innovative chicken coop you can move around your garden
Indiana chicken coop - plans from

and more. . .

You can build it. Really.

We've broken down how to build a chicken coop into a series of simple steps. Measurements, materials, and all the tools you need to build a neighborly coop and run — everything's spelled out in these plans.

All the basic thinking is done and explained with clear, professional writing and dozens of how-to diagrams and photos. Download our free coop plan previews (PDF) to see what you can expect.



Buy and download your chicken coop and run building plans now.

Coop plans start at only $24.95 (USD) and run plans at $12.95, payable with credit card or PayPal. COMBO DISCOUNTS are available.

You can download your plans instantly as a full-color, printable e-book (PDF) — and start building your chicken coop, mobile chicken tractor, or enclosures right away. International orders are accepted. Satisfaction guaranteed.



Why build your own backyard chicken coop?

Keeping chickens is a lifestyle choice that pays off in many ways. But there are start-up costs. Building your own chicken coop lets you keep those costs down, while getting exactly what you want in a coop. And it's fun!



Why use plans?

When we wanted to know how to build a chicken coop for our small city lot, we did what you're doing — we looked online, read chicken coop books, went on coop tours. There were some nice options out there, but nothing with the style, function, security, and simplicity we wanted. So we designed our own.

The research, design, and testing that went into these detailed construction guides let you build a chicken coop you can count on without having to start from scratch. And by knowing just what you need to buy, you'll get the most out of your investment.

We're proud of the quality of what we offer. Take a look inside our chicken coop and run building plans for free. With these plans, you could make your first cuts this weekend, finish up over the next one or two, and have more time to enjoy your backyard chickens and those garden-fresh eggs. And if you have questions, we're just an email away.

See the chicken coops and runs that others are building with our plans.



Risk free chicken coop plans. Satisfaction guaranteed. Try 'em out!

Free chicken coop design plan previews from TheGardenCoop.comWhether you're wanting to learn how to build a secure walk-in chicken coop, a mobile chicken ark/tractor, a stand-alone plywood chicken coop, or an enclosed chicken run, one of our design plans may be just what you've been searching for.

Give them a try! If it doesn't work out, let us know within 30 days, and we'll send you a full refund. No hassle. No questions asked. Satisfaction guaranteed.





Can I build these coops in Canada, Great Britain, Australia, Spain. . . ?

Yes! People have used our coop and run plans to build their own backyard chicken coops in countries the world over: Ireland, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, Portugal, Spain, Italy, Germany, Israel, the U.S., and beyond.

The metric versions of our plans make building your own chook pen, chook house, chicken shed, poultry house (or whatever you call it!) easy. No conversions necessary.

Order your plan anywhere. Download it anywhere. Build it anywhere!





Starting at $24.95. Or get two and save.

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What They're Saying About Our Coop and Run Plans


"Thanks for the extremely well-written/illustrated plans." —Allan

"I majored in Industrial Design, so I know how to build, use materials, and even lay out manufacturing techniques. Thanks for your great plans. I'm impressed with the quality of your design and your thoroughness." —Noelle

"The most amazing part of the experience was the customer service. Before, during, and after construction all of my questions were answered promptly and thoroughly in a very supportive and helpful way. I really appreciate that." —Dondi

"Many, many thanks from this mod ranch house owner! Your help is really going to impact my family's life in a big way." —Elizabeth

"I built The Garden Coop with minimal assistance over Thanksgiving weekend, three days to be exact. I was amazed at the precision of the plans — there was very little waste. I was debating on buying a built coop and building my own. I am so glad I decided to build my coop with your plans. I was able to end up with a superior coop built from cedar for less than I would have spent on a lesser quality, same-size coop." —Tommy, Buda, TX

"I just took your comprehensive materials list to Home Depot and purchased everything I need to construct the coop. Hafta say, your plans are very clearly written, and I'm confident they leave little to argue about — which is ideal when taking on a joint project with two greenhorns!" —Mimi, Nashville, TN

Read more customer reviews of our design plans.




Just looking for ideas on how to build a chicken coop or run? Check out Coop Thoughts, our blog about chicken coop building and backyard chicken care.

Whether you're using our chicken coop house plans or going your own way, make sure you get over to our Coop Thoughts chicken coop blog for plenty of free ideas on how to build a chicken coop that's right for you.

We answer questions and share information that's both timely and timeless, including best practices and new ideas on building safe, functional housing for your chickens. Here are a few examples:


Our chickens' playhouse - chicken coop plans

Free plans for how to add external nest boxes to your chicken coop.

Whether you’re building The Garden Coop, The Garden Ark, or pretty much any other chicken coop, these instructions (which include both feet/inches and metric units) show you in detail how to add external nesting boxes to your coop. While I much prefer the simplicity of having the boxes inside, there’s something about exterior nest boxes that captures the fancy of some backyard chicken keepers. Take a look at our free exterior hen box plans.




How do I build raised garden beds to fit The Garden Ark mobile chicken coop.

Sanding wood for a chicken coop - DIY plansSometimes the best way to stay on top of your garden is to put your chickens there! These free plans show you how to build raised vegetable garden beds that fit The Garden Ark mobile coop perfectly (the principle applies to any open-floor chicken tractor, really). So either before planting or after harvest, your hens get to graze on weeds and leaves while they till and fertilize the soil. Read more.



Which wood is best for building my chicken coop?

Framing the chicken coop - download plansMost chicken coops are made of wood, and all wood eventually rots. You can plan to deal with this fact in a number of ways: 1) build with wood that’s infused with pesticides; 2) use a naturally rot-resistant wood like cedar, redwood, or tropical hardwoods; 3) choose a softwood. Many factors will weigh into your choice, but I’ll deal with the two biggies: toxicity and cost. Read more.



chicken coop tipsFree chicken keeping and coop design tip sheet

Sometimes you just want the basics, some notes that can help you get from dreaming to doing. I put together this free one-page handout to cover many of the most common questions about chickens and coop design — like how much space do hens need, how much food do chickens eat, how loud are backyard hens, how often do you have to change your chickens’ water. . . Read more.



What’s the best kind of chicken wire and fencing to protect my flock?

What's the best chicken wire for a coop?Fencing and wire mesh of some kind is essential around your coop and daytime chicken yard to keep your chickens in and to keep pests and predators out. There are several kinds of wire and fencing to protect your chickens from rodents, foxes, hawks, racoons, and the like, and I’ll talk about a handful of them here. Read more.




Should I paint the floor of my hen house?

Plan to paint your chicken coop?Painting the floor of your henhouse can protect it from moisture and everything that can come with it. Even just the potential swelling of wet, unsealed wood can make it a bit harder to brush out chicken poop and bedding. Here are a few things to consider if you plan to paint the floor of your chicken coop or hen house. Read more.




Fox-proof chicken coop plans

Where in my yard should I place my chicken coop?

You know, I almost can’t believe this now, but when we were planning to build our first chicken coop, I wanted to tuck it out of the way in a far corner of our yard. What a difference an attractive coop design makes! Our chickens' house is now the centerpiece of our backyard garden — and inspiration to do so much more. Read more.




How to predator-proof the open bottom of The Garden Ark mobile chicken tractor

Chicken tractor plans to build portable fox-proof chicken coopAfter much trial, I've finally come up with an elegant solution to predator-proof the open floor of The Garden Ark mobile chicken tractor. The challenge has been finding a way to secure the floor without closing it off completely or permanently. This simple solution works perfectly, and now I’m excited to share plans to fox-proof your chicken coop. Read more.




Free grazing frame plans to go with your chicken coop

Free plans to build your own chicken-yard grazing frames

Keeping your backyard chickens supplied with fresh greens can be tricky, especially when forage space is limited. How do you keep your chickens from overgrazing and scratching their day yard bare? Grazing frames! Read more.






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