Coop Tours


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

Saturday, December 19th, 2020

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. . . .


Make It Your Own: “Krewe of Coops” Virtual Chicken Coop Tour, No. 3

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

In this third ride of the Krewe of Coops, we feature The Garden Ark mobile chicken coop design, with several examples from around the U.S. Enjoy the parade!


Make It Your Own: “Krewe of Coops” Virtual Chicken Coop Tour, No. 2

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

It’s time again for the Krewe of Coops, a celebration of what people have been building with our chicken coop plans. This time, we’re featuring The Garden Coop design exclusively, with nine fantastic examples from across the U.S. and one from Australia. So gather your feathered friends, find a comfy perch, and enjoy the parade!


Make It Your Own: Clay’s Striped Garden Coop, Austin, Texas

Monday, January 20th, 2014

Chicken coop with log roosts in run area.
Clay from Austin, Texas sent us a note and pictures of the chicken coop he built using the The Garden Coop plans. The striped stained-wood siding on the henhouse and extra external nesting boxes look fantastic. The rest of the post is from Clay. . . .


Make It Your Own: Dan’s Garden Coop on Austin’s “Funky Chicken Coop Tour” (VIDEO)

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

Dan in Austin produced this beautiful video of his backyard coop, built using The Garden Coop chicken coop plans. His coop is one of several to be featured in Austin’s upcoming Funky Chicken Coop Tour (April 7, 2012). 

So check out the video, then read Dan’s review of our plans below. And if you’re in Austin in early April, stop by and see his coop on the tour!


Finished! Garden Ark for Tour de Coops raffle, benefiting Growing Gardens

Sunday, June 13th, 2010

2010 Tour de Coops Raffle Coop - The Garden ArkIt’s done! The Garden Ark we’re donating to Growing Gardens for the 2010 (Portland, Oregon) Tour de Coops raffle is put together, painted, and ready to go.

I hadn’t built one of these in several months, so I found myself having to relearn a few things as I went. Whenever I’d get stuck on a step, my daughter would gently remind me to “read the plan, Dad.” Now there’s an idea.

I can’t get over how much fun it is to build this coop. Everything happens in clear, logical steps and comes together nice and neat. By the end of building one, I want to move in.

This Garden Ark in particular was a full family effort. My son worked with me through the whole process. I may have more strength to work the tools, but he’s a natural builder. It won’t be long before he’s doing these on his own. He can still fit in tight spaces too, which came in handy a couple times.

My daughter got in on the coop project too, helping to keep me grounded, building the nesting box, and taking a turn with the power driver any chance she could get. And my wife came up with the color scheme and spent a few afternoons painting the henhouse siding and doors.

If you’re thinking of trying your luck in the raffle, here are a few details about this Garden Ark: It measures about 3′ wide by 6′ long by 4.5′ tall. It’s sized for three or four hens. It comes with a nesting box and perches, inside and out. It’s enclosed on the top and sides with 1/2″ galvanized hardware cloth. The lumber is treated with a non-toxic, eco-friendly wood preservative, and it’s got three coats of really nice exterior paint on the siding. The white polycarbonate roof panels are virtually indestructible and let through a beautiful glowing light. Pause for air. . .

The egg door and the double doors are barrel-bolted and lockable. There’s a sliding door for the henhouse access opening if you want to seal your hens in the henhouse at night. If you’re starting with chicks, you can use the henhouse as a brooder (the roof can be removed to make way for the heat lamp). There’s a pair of 6″ wheels on the back, so you can tilt and roll it fairly easily. And last but not least, it fits in the bed of a small pickup.

You can see this Garden Ark — and buy as many raffle tickets as you can afford to try to win it — July 17-24, at the Urban Farm Store (2100 SE Belmont, Portland). With every ticket, you help Growing Gardens as they try to raise even more $$$ than last year. In the meantime, save the date of the tour (Saturday, July 24, 2010) and tell your friends to do the same. And if you just can’t wait to have a Garden Ark all your own, you can always build one yourself!

2009 Tour de Coops raises record amount

Tuesday, September 1st, 2009

We took part in Portland’s Tour de Coops again this year, and the turnout was incredible. A few hundred people streamed through our yard on a hot Saturday in late July to see our two coops and our (now) eight hens and to ask questions.

We saw several familiar faces, including a few past customers who stopped by to say hi and show us pictures of their coops. Visitors spanned all ages and types. If you ever hear someone say that keeping chickens or growing your own food is an ‘elitist’ endeavor, send them to me.

Better yet, send them to Growing Gardens. This is the non-profit group that puts on the Tour de Coops each year to raise funds in support of its mission: to help Portlanders grow their own food, especially those without the resources to get started. (more…)