How can I modify The Garden Ark mobile chicken coop to be larger?

The Garden Ark chicken coop is designed to be an efficient, portable, all-in-one chicken tractor for housing a small flock of 3–4 standard-sized chickens. But what if you want to house a few more hens than that, yet still stay mobile? Or what if you just want to give your small flock a little more space?

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Chickens roosting in the run at night rather than the henhouse?

Three of our coop designs (The Garden Loft, The Garden Coop, and The Garden Ark) have an integrated henhouse and run. So your chickens are free to move between the two areas as they wish. (You can add a door between them if you like.) In some cases, this means that your flock might choose to roost in the secure run at night, rather than inside the henhouse.

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“Krewe of Coops” Virtual Chicken Coop Tour, Lucky No. 13 — Eight Garden Arks

Coop 1: Frank’s Garden Ark with Pavers, Shoreline, Washington

“I built this with my girlfriend’s dad who is a retired Boeing machinist. It turned out really well, and the directions took a lot of guesswork out of the building process. I have the ark sitting on a base of 12×12 pavers loose-set in sand and gravel to deter raccoons from digging underneath the edge. Once the flock is established, I will be adding a pop door and a fence around the coop to allow the birds more room to range during the day.”

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Bless the USPS

Our small business ships exclusively with the United States Postal Service. This makes sense for a number of reasons. Our customers live all over the United States — from Alaska to Puerto Rico, Brooklyn to Brooksville, Fifth Avenue to Old Highway 41.

With incredible consistency the USPS delivers on time, to any and every address, and — in the case of our primary mail carrier — always with a smile.

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Make It Your Own: Kerry’s EggPlant Chicken Coop

Kerry and her boys used our plans for The Basic Coop stand-alone chicken coop to build a new coop for their growing flock. The rest of this post comes directly from her. . . 

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TheGardenCoop.com on the Made to Order Podcast

I’m on a podcast! Paul Gewuerz is putting together a series of interviews with independent creators and invited me to take part. We talked coops, chickens, eggs, DIY. . . and only a little about coronavirus. 🙂

Have a listen:

“Krewe of Coops” Virtual Chicken Coop Tour No. 12 — Six Wintertime Garden Coops

DIY chicken coop builder holds one of his chickens in front of his backyard chicken coop

In this twelfth ride of the Krewe of Coops, we tour a half dozen coops built using The Garden Coop backyard chicken coop plans and customized for the cold. 

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“Krewe of Coops” Virtual Chicken Coop Tour No. 11, Seven Garden Lofts

Large backyard chicken coop built using The Garden Loft plans
In this eleventh ride of the Krewe of Coops, we tour seven super-duper coops built using The Garden Loft large walk-in chicken coop plansRead more and discuss »

Make It Your Own: Ralf’s Automated Chicken Haven, Kitzingen, Germany

Chicken coop customized from The Garden Coop plans

Ralf used our plans for The Garden Coop walk-in chicken coop as a starting point for his fully insulated and highly automated chicken coop. The result is both beautiful and functional — and from the sound of it, a lot of fun to put together. The rest of this post comes directly from him. . . 

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“Krewe of Coops” Virtual Chicken Coop Tour No. 10 – Six Garden Coops from Maryland and Virginia

Large walk in chicken coop with external nest box
In this tenth Krewe of Coops virtual chicken coop tour, we take a trip to Maryland and Virginia to showcase six examples of coops built using The Garden Coop backyard chicken coop plans. Read more and discuss »

Winter’s coming!

Extend daylight in chicken coop during the winter
Winter is on the way in the Northern Hemisphere. These 3 resources will help you get your coop and flock ready for the coming season:

  • Chicken Keeping Buyer’s Guide – This is our selection of curated links to tools, materials, accessories, books, and art that make coop building and chicken keeping easier and more fun. Specific to cold weather, the guide points you to options for adding light to the coop and heat to your chickens’ waterer (and henhouse, if needed). Have ideas to add to the list? Please let me know.
  • Winter Coop Care Series – This four-part series is our go-to reference for how to prepare your coop and flock for the winter. Please add any tips directly to the comments sections of those posts.
  • All of our “winter”-themed posts – See everything we have that’s winter-related, including a many coop profiles from customers who’ve built our designs in some fairly cold and some truly extreme environments.

Happy wintering!

“Krewe of Coops” Virtual Chicken Coop Tour No. 9 — Six Delightful Garden Coops

LED light strip for backyard chicken coop

In this ninth installment of the Krewe of Coops, we showcase six examples of coops built using The Garden Coop backyard chicken coop plans. Enjoy! Read more and discuss »

DIY Chicken Coop Wall Carrier

Do it yourself hook carrier for chicken coop walls

We got this tip for a wall carrier from a customer building The Garden Loft, a design that allows you to pre-build the walls of your coop in one location, then move them into place for assembly. The rest of this post comes from him. . . .  Read more and discuss »

Make It Your Own: The Loft for Our Eggstraordinary Ladies

North Carolina do it yourself large chicken coop from plans

Caity and family built and customized a beautiful Garden Coop a few years ago for their backyard flock in North Carolina, full of added features and decorative touches. Now they’ve completed yet another amazing coop — a Garden Loft that outshines even their earlier masterpiece. The rest of this post comes directly from Caity. . . .

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

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! Read more and discuss »