Chicken Coop Tour No. 9: Six Delightful Garden Coops

LED light strip for backyard chicken coop

In this ninth installment of the Krewe of Coops, we showcase six examples of coops built using The Garden Coop backyard chicken coop plans. Enjoy!

Coop 1: Randi’s Backyard Chicken Coop, Central Minnesota

“It is such a beauty of a coop. Easier than putting IKEA stuff together! 🙂 ”

Chicken coop shaded with tarp

And here it is lighted for the holidays. . .

Randi's chicken coop with holiday lights

Coop 2: Art’s Garden Coop, Costa Mesa, California

Art used The Garden Coop chicken coop plans and optional hardware kit.

“As a novice woodworker I found the plans very helpful and couldn’t have done it without them.”

Art's Costa Mesa chicken coop

Coop 3: Stephanie’s Spacious Chicken Coop, Cincinnati, Ohio

“This truly was a family project. My husband, kids, and I built the frame and set it in place. My mom and I dug the trenches and completed the project. We added two feet to the middle section and relocated the door to one of the shorter sides and made it swing outward. The coop is on a bit of a slope, so getting the footers level and putting up the hardware cloth evenly were a bit of a challenge. I would highly recommend renting an air-powered stapler when putting up hardware cloth. It is so much faster and easier!”

(See the Tools section of our Buyer’s Guide for suggestions on pneumatic staplers.)

Stephanie's Cincinnati Chicken Coop

“Instead of fencing boards, we used some tongue-and-groove beadboard left over from another project for the siding, and a neighbor contributed an old screen door that we cut down to fit. For a bit of extra room, we built our nesting boxes on the outside and added an operational shed window. With a pop door in the wall that slides up and down from the outside, some insulation in the walls, a small ceramic heat bulb on especially cold nights, and some plywood slabs placed over the night perches, our six chickens seem pretty comfortable.”

Chickens eating from DIY feeder in The Garden Coop

“Even right in the heart of the city, our coop has been investigated by deer, possum, hawks, owls, raccoons, dogs, and coyotes, but so far has stood up like Ft. Knox. Apparently all of that sweat and hard work digging the trenches and installing the hardware cloth has paid off!”

Decorative sign on backyard chicken coop

Coop 4: Chris’s Chicken Coop from The Garden Coop Plans, Brisbane, Australia

“I grew up on a farm and had chickens when I was little, but now live in suburbia. Getting chickens was part the novelty of keeping them in a suburban backyard, part having fresh eggs, and part challenging myself with the coop-building project.”

Chris's backyard chicken coop Australia

“I spent a while looking at coops, and I loved this design and its size. We wanted something big enough so the chickens would have room during the day, and we will let them out for a couple of hours to range the yard when home. We also needed something totally predator proof (aka our dog, who has a history with chickens). I added external nesting boxes for looks and practicality. We painted the coop to match our house colors, so it fits in really well.”

Inside Henhouse of Garden Coop Chicken Coop

“I loved the plans. For a total novice, I found it easy enough, but also learnt a lot — and scored plenty of new tools.”

Coop 5: Nancy and Kent’s Garden Coop Walk-In Chicken Coop, Tehachapi, California

“The siding boards are cedar fence posts with clear weather proofing stain. For the roofing on the external nest boxes we used the same vinyl tiles as on the floor of the henhouse, then put the end pieces of the cedar fence posts on top. We put clear caulking in between the cedar fence posts, just to be on the safe side, and covered it with a clear waterproof stain for a watertight roof.”

Chicken coop built of cedar fence boards

“We put the large door on the outside of the coop for the cleanout of the henhouse. Also, instead of digging a trench for the hardware cloth, we dug about 2–3 inches of the top layer of sand in the floor of the run, then used 2x4s to encompass the perimeter of the entire run and coop floor and tacked the hardware cloth to the 2x4s and over the bottom floor of the run. We bought course sand and filled it in. It looks great, and the chickens seem to love it.”

Large chicken coop cleanout door and sand run

Coop 6: Jill’s Garden Coop and Goat Pen, Port Orchard, Washington

“The plans were easy to understand and follow. I extended the roof to have the coop meet the goat shed, and I added a small free range access door that is too small for goats to use.”

Northwest chicken coop from plans

Backyard chickens in the henhouse of Garden Coop

“There were delays due to wet, cold, short days, but it all worked out well. When it was all done there was so much mud I put rock and paver blocks down to keep it neat and tidy.”

LED light strip for backyard chicken coop

“Another challenge was working in the yard with three goats who were trying to be ‘helpful.'”

Chicken coop with goats

“I painted everything in the garage first. When I went to do touchups, Jake stuck his head in the paint can….pretty blue beard!”

Goat helping build a chicken coop

A big thanks to everyone who shared their pictures and comments for this ninth ride of the Krewe of Coops. Inspired by what they’ve built? Let us know with a comment below.

You can learn more and buy/download The Garden Coop walk-in chicken coop plans here. See more Krewe of Coops posts here, or browse all of our Make It Your Own coop profiles. And find all of our coop design plans, hardware kits, and coop accessories at


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