Gardener, suburban homesteader, chef, and author of the blog Northwest Edible Life, Erica S. is also the proud keeper of a flock of backyard chickens. And the chicken coop she built to house them (based on The Garden Coop walk-in chicken coop plans) has become a key part of her food garden.
Erica sent a note about her chicken coop/modifications as well as links to some great posts on her ongoing experimentation — both with the coop in particular and with sustainable suburban living in general:
Just wanted to let you know we bought your Garden Coop walk-in chicken coop plans last year and based our coop off of them. We love the look and functionality. Thanks for the excellent design.
The biggest changes we made are: the size (slightly larger at 12′ x 8′), running the ramp up the side entrance of the hen house, fully looping hardware mesh under the coop, and the way we attached the mesh on the roof. . .
We made framed panels of mesh and attached these to the roof joists with screws. I think this way of doing it, rather than all that stapling overhead, streamlined things quite a bit, and the extra materials cost was trivial.
Thanks again for the great plans!
Many thanks to Erica for sharing her tips and photo. Like what she’s done? Leave a comment here or on her blog. And be sure to check out Northwest Edible Life for even more inspiring ideas.