Posts tagged with ‘Articles’


7 tips for building a garden-friendly chicken coop

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

In the urban or suburban garden, limited space, pests, wary neighbors, and the like can make the idea of keeping chickens seem like more hassle than it’s worth. But by designing and building the right kind of coop, you can quickly get past these hurdles and add a whole new dimension to your garden.

Here are seven tips to put your coop project on the right path. . . .

1. Let it breathe.

Window on the front of Dan's Austin chicken coop.

A well-ventilated chicken coop helps keep your hens from suffering and your neighbors from complaining. Of course, you do need to stay ahead of any odors, making sure you balance out their poop with plenty of high-carbon bedding like straw, wood shavings, leaves, or shredded paper. We use the deep-litter method and continue to add straw as the chickens add droppings. This mixture begins to compost in place, and the volume builds only slowly. From time to time we move it all to a compost bin to finish doing its thing, then incorporate the rich fertilizer into the garden.

NOTE: The pictures in this post feature coops built by us and by customers of our chicken coop plans. Click on them to learn more about each DIY chicken coop build.

(more…) mentioned at The Well Daily

Monday, March 28th, 2011

Our modern chicken coop designs have attracted the attention of the writers at The Well Daily, a website covering yoga, meditation, wellness, and nutrition. Check it out!

Article on using recycled materials for your chicken coop

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

The Portland-based website Neighborhood Notes has another good article, this one focused on how to best incorporate recycled materials into your chicken coop project.

I’m quoted in it, but what I’m more excited about is that they reached out to a local chicken keeper who used The Garden Coop plan as a foundation for his coop. He also made use of lots of recycled building materials including windows, hardware, and paint. The photo here is one he sent me when he finished.

One of the main things I emphasized is something I’ve heard from many who’ve used our plans — that having a complete materials checklist to start with makes finding recycled materials so much easier. Check out the article for more pictures and ideas.

Have you used any recycled materials in your chicken coop? Let us know in the comments!

Chicken Keeping Basics article in Neighborhood Notes

Monday, February 7th, 2011

I just spotted this article with good tips for new chicken keepers. It features advice from Robert and Hannah Litt of Portland’s Urban Farm Store, authors of the upcoming book A Chicken In Every Yard.

Also in the article is a photo of a beautifully built Garden Coop, right in the front yard of someone’s Portland home (not mine!). Of course, I think it fits in perfectly. Take a look.

5 Innovative Portland Chicken Coops – Neighborhood Notes Article

Tuesday, April 13th, 2010

Modern Chicken Coop Designs - Portland, OregonChicken coop design is the focus of today’s feature story over at Neighborhood Notes, a cool website focusing on hyper-local news in Portland. The Garden Coop is featured along with four other local designs. There’s a nice slideshow at the end with more pictures and ideas.

There’s a lot happening in Portland, for sure, and it’s nice to be included in such good company.

An eater’s guide to good food

Monday, November 23rd, 2009

Came across this nice article on how to eat well while avoiding food from factory farms. It’s comprehensive (okay, long), but worth at least skimming then filing for later reference. And, yes, raising your own backyard eggs is one of the author’s many suggestions!