Make It Your Own: Karen’s Connecticut coops

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Karen built her own chicken coops with DIY chicken coop plans from

Karen sent in these pictures of her Garden Coop and Garden Ark chicken coops in Connecticut. (You may recall this post from a while back that featured a photo of her dog guarding her backyard coop.)

There are a number of reasons you’d want to build both coops: expanding your flock, giving your hens added mobility to graze safely, optional space to house broody hens or deal with personality conflicts (it happens!).

Besides, don’t they just look great together?

Second chicken coop to house Karen's silkies.

Here’s what Karen had to say about her coops:

I have a lot of friends who come over to see our chickens and just love The Garden Coop design. We are planning on adding on the exterior egg boxes this spring. We also built The Garden Ark for our two silkie hens who were having trouble getting along with the chickens in the big coop. I added a little door on the right side so they could have quick access to the yard. They are very happy and the coop is perfect for them. Thanks!

Thanks to Karen for sharing pictures of her chicken coops. Like what she’s built? Leave a comment below. And check out her portrait photography.

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4 Responses to “Make It Your Own: Karen’s Connecticut coops”

  1. robbie says:

    really a great setup! I was wondering, beings I am in the NorthEast as well (maine) , what kind of insulating did you do on your coops? I am still a little confused as to just how much insulating we need to do for our coops in our extreme northern climate.

  2. Karen G. says:

    I LOVE the little door for the silkies to enter and exit in the Garden Ark. What a great addition.

  3. jj says:

    Wow, they look great together! Just wondering, how do you keep critters from digging underneath? Don’t have that problem with The Garden Coop but is it a problem with The Garden Ark? Thanks.

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