Clay from Austin, Texas sent us a note and pictures of the chicken coop he built using the The Garden Coop walk-in chicken coop and run plans. The striped stained-wood siding on the henhouse and extra external nesting boxes look fantastic. The rest of the post is from Clay. . . .
My Garden Coop chicken coop build
It’s been over 100 degrees here in Austin most days since I put the chicks out this summer at week three. I thought the henhouse would be too hot for them, but they all run up there at night. I even close the hen entry door, but the open ceiling design keeps it close to the outside temps.
My perches are natural logs from fallen trees in the area. If the pecking order from the height difference is a problem, I’ll change those out with level perches.
Instead of side hinges, I made the henhouse door hinge up and added a window. For the wood stain I used a redwood color for the frame and for the mid-tone siding color and added a natural and a dark color stain on alternating siding boards to complement the redwood color.
It all came together nicely. Thanks so much for your help.
More photos of Clay’s walk-in chicken coop with external nest boxes. . .
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Also, if you’re in the Austin area like Clay, help spread the word about the upcoming 2014 Funky Chicken Coop Tour. We were involved in our local coop tour for years as hosts, guests, and sponsors, and I can tell you, even if you’re a full-fledged chicken keeper (hey, consider being a host!), it’s a great way to spend a day and celebrate the backyard chicken movement in your area. Not in Austin? Check out our list of chicken coop tours.