Make It Your Own: Kate’s Pigeon Loft, Evansville, Indiana

I love hearing from folks who use our chicken coop and run plans to create housing for pets other than chickens — rabbits, ducks, quail, and in this case: pigeons!

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How much room should I leave around my chicken coop when I build it?

Narrow Garden Loft chicken coop modified from plans

If you have the space in your yard to build a walk-in chicken coop, I’d leave at least two to three feet of working room on all sides of it. This will make construction easier, particularly when it comes to attaching hardware cloth and siding. And after the coop is built, having that space will make it easier for you to access the entire exterior of the coop should you need to. But what if you don’t have that much space to spare? Read on for some ideas. . .

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10 Reasons to Start Keeping Chickens This Year

daughter saying hi to chickens after collecting eggs

Make this the year you start keeping chickens! Here are ten (of many) reasons why. . . Read more and discuss »

What kinds of roofing can I use on my backyard chicken coop?

Corrugated roofing on a chicken coop

All of our chicken coop plans call for corrugated polycarbonate roof panels. But whether you’re building one of our designs or something else, you have plenty of options. Many backyard coopers use corrugated metal, corrugated asphalt, or shingles over plywood instead. Read on to decide what’s the best type of roofing for your chicken coop. . . .

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“Krewe of Coops” Chicken Coop Tour, No. 14 — Fifteen (Anything But) Basic Coops

When we named our stand-alone chicken coop design “The Basic Coop,” we meant it purely as a compliment. The design is basic, of course, in that it’s easy to build and easy to afford.

But that simplicity makes it a great starting point to extend, customize, and create the perfect housing for your small backyard flock. In this sense, The Basic Coop design is anything but basic. These fifteen customer builds will show you what I mean. . . .

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How to add a window to your chicken coop

Colorado Chicken Coop from Plans

All of our chicken coop designs have an open-air ceiling in the henhouse, so there’s typically no need to add windows for ventilation. But if you’re in a really warm climate, want to look in on your flock from time to time, or just like the look of a window, there are a few easy ways to add one to your chicken coop.

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How to secure your chicken coop in a high-wind area

The open design of our walk-in chicken coops means that wind can move easily through the structures, so there’s less chance for damage than with something like a solid-walled shed or mobile home. That said, if you live in a high-wind area, there are some simple ways to anchor your coop and lock down your roof.

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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. 🙂

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“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 »