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 »

Make It Your Own: “Krewe of Coops” Virtual Chicken Coop Tour, No. 7 — The Garden Loft Large Walk-In Coop

Spacious chicken coop from blueprints
In this seventh installment of the Krewe of Coops, I’m excited to show off five examples of our latest and largest coop design, The Garden Loft. . . Read more and discuss »

Building a chicken coop and a whole lot more

The Garden Loft large walk-in chicken coop design

Steven in Pennsylvania built this spacious backyard chicken coop using The Garden Loft plans and hardware kit. He sent us pictures of his build along with a wonderful note describing the impact the project has had on his life and neighborhood. The rest of this post comes directly from him. . . Read more and discuss »

Make It Your Own: “Krewe of Coops” Virtual Chicken Coop Tour, No. 6. . . 10 Garden Coops Built With Salvaged Materials

Colorado Chicken Coop from Plans
Some of the most interesting chicken coops feature repurposed, recycled, or salvaged materials and decorations. Whether done for the sentiment, the looks, the environment, or simply to save money, incorporating available and found materials into your backyard coop will make it one of a kind. . . Read more and discuss »

NEW: Hardware Kit for The Garden Loft Walk-In Chicken Coop

Pre-packed hardware kits are now available for our latest walk-in chicken coop design, The Garden Loft. . .

Hardware kit for The Garden Loft large walk-in chicken coop

The Garden Loft Quick Kit contains all the hardware you need (screws, staples, hinges, latches, etc.) to put this design together. Just add the bulky stuff like wood, roofing panels, hardware cloth, pier blocks, paint, and so on. It’s priced near what you’d pay at your local big box store, and it ships free to your door from sales-tax-free Oregon.

Click to learn more about The Garden Loft chicken coop plans and hardware kit