Make It Your Own: Dale’s Decked Out Oregon Garden Coop

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Garden Coop with henhouse walls to the ground.

Dale sent us pictures of his amazing garden and chicken coop he built using The Garden Coop plans. Among many other additions, he built the henhouse walls to the ground on three sides, attached attractive outboard nesting boxes, and added rectangular windows to the henhouse. The rest of the post is from Dale. . . 

My Garden Coop build

It’s a great coop, and I have a couple of friends that got your plans too. Over the years I have made improvements based on specific needs such as the gravity-fed auto water system I plumbed in for when I’m gone or busy, electricity for lighting and to scare away raccoons, and the wall heater for the few days when it’s below freezing.

More recently, I added a nice chicken run to match the coop, have made improvements on my automatic waterer, and am working on converting from electric to solar. I am getting more into raising chickens from eggs and giving away some of my chickens every year to schools. Seems that is a trend in rural areas.

I also did my own chicken coop hangout video spoofing a liqour commercial!


External nesting boxes and bench. . .

Outboard nesting boxes on henhouse of all-in-one chicken coop


Automatic waterer. The first picture is the original design, then Dale improved it by adding insulation, a plywood cover to keep chickens from roosting on the pipe and soiling the water, and decorative flagstones in the bottom instead of pebbles.

Automatic waterer in chicken coop


Automatic waterer in chicken coop with insulation and cover


Decorative flagstones added to base of automatic waterer in chicken coop


Heat lamp and lights in the henhouse. . .

Heater added to henhouse for below freezing nights in the Winter


Electricity added to coop for lights and heat


Additional run added to coop. . .

Large run added to chicken coop


Plants and landscaping. . .

Stone path added to walk-in door of chicken coop


What a great coop and garden! Thanks to Dale for sharing his photos and notes. If you like what he’s done, please let him know with a comment below.

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15 Responses to “Make It Your Own: Dale’s Decked Out Oregon Garden Coop”

  1. Barrie Pitt says:

    Dale, how did you make your auto waterer? It’s a great idea. Thanks!

  2. Sharon Romine says:

    Wondering if you have instructions on how to make your duck waterer. What the parts are called and such.

    Thanks in advance


  3. Tammi Balukoff says:

    I installed the watering system but cant seem to get it from over filling once it get full it keep filling any ideas?

  4. Cathie Johnson says:

    I purchased one and we could not get it to work would never fill up then I purchase a second one and it was filling up and never stopped and all of a sudden it just stopped filling . One was one day old and the other was one week old

  5. Wendy Cramer says:

    You can buy this fountain and parts at

  6. Greg in Seattle says:

    Here’s a link to the waterer.

  7. Kathy says:

    What about the blue hand pump water faccet? Is that whats it listed under and where do I find one. Please and thank you.

  8. Ulises says:

    I’m sorry to bother. But I absolutely love your watering system but can’t seem to find the accessories I require at Home Depot or Lowe’s and my local feed store had no clue of what I was talking about. Please help. I’m in Texas USA

  9. Jennifer Corbitt says:

    Love it thanks for photos! Very practical

  10. Owen Selwood says:

    A fountain waterer, do you know what it would be called in Australia or can we buy through you?
    we appreciate if you could email us the information on how to buy one?
    It looks a good system.
    Regards Owen

  11. I am also interested in learning what the appropriate attachment is called for the bottom of the pipes on the automatic waterer.

    Your wood looks really nice on the siding. Why did you decide to enclose it on 3 sides?



  12. Chuck Bradford says:

    THat is a great looking watering system, can you share any info on parts and where to get them?

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