Make It Your Own: Scott and Dylan’s New York Garden Coop with External Nesting Boxes

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Garden Coop in New York built with plans

Scott and his eight-year-old son, Dylan, sent us a note and pictures of The Garden Coop they built together at their home in New York state. The red henhouse with trim and the outboard nesting boxes are great additions! 

First, I would like to say that I looked at every coop plan available and found that this would be the best fit for our accommodations. Excited to begin our quest to raise our own chickens, I downloaded The Garden Coop plans and immediately bought the materials. My 8-year-old son and I tackled this project together. The plans were easy to follow and also allowed for minor modifications without impacting the overall design intent. Dylan and I completed this coop in a weekend and a day from framing to paint!

To create more floor space in the henhouse, we built exterior nesting boxes and put the ramp on the side instead of up through the floor. And we added a sliding door operated from outside the coop for the henhouse ramp opening. There is an interior roost and a large door within the pen for easy cleaning of the coop. We will continue to enjoy this perfect coop and our new hens. Thank you!

More photos of Scott and Dylan’s chicken coop

External nesting boxes with asphalt shingles on the Garden Coop


Side view of chicken coop with hardware cloth.

Large henhouse door with trim


Chicken Coop in New York with red henhouse.

Thanks to Scott and Dylan for sharing their handsome coop with us. If you’d like to see more examples of our customers’ chicken coop builds as they’re posted, along with tips on building coops and keeping chickens in general, subscribe to Coop Thoughts. It’s free, ad-free, and you can unsubscribe at any time.

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2 Responses to “Make It Your Own: Scott and Dylan’s New York Garden Coop with External Nesting Boxes”

  1. Kate says:

    I love this and I am thinking of doing the same thing…external nesting boxes and door with ladder from the side. My only question is this:
    I have NEVER build anything before, I have a friend who can teach me the basics, but want to do most myself. DO you think this plan is ok for beginners…ME?
    Thanks and congrats on the beautiful job!

    • Kate, you can read more customer reviews here and here. Many of them are from first-time builders like yourself. I wrote the plans for beginners, so you’ll learn a lot as you go and probably want to build many more things after you’re done!

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