Posts tagged with ‘Iowa’


Make It Your Own: Nick’s Iowa Garden Ark with External Nesting Boxes

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

Blue and white chicken tractor with outboard nesting boxes

Nick shared pictures of his blue and white chicken tractor that he built using The Garden Ark plans. The outboard nesting boxes look great, and the hinged window is a nice touch. Here are his comments. . .  (more…)

Make It Your Own: Shane’s Iowa Garden Coop

Saturday, August 6th, 2011

The roof of the coop angles away from the nearby shed to prevent moisture problems at the foundation.

Shane reversed the slope of his Garden Coop roof (angling it down towards the front rather than the rear) so that he could position the coop against an existing shed in his Iowa garden.

I used your plans to help me build my Garden Coop, which I literally put in the garden so that I could easily feed the birds garden scraps. The roof is made of recycled metal and put on backward for rain/snow purposes. I also attached the coop directly to the shed to give the hens a cool foundation to press against on warm days. The window was added for my kid’s entertainment.

I am a Lutheran pastor, and the coop has been a hit with my rural Iowa congregation. Many members offered “parts” to the effort, and many Sundays I find children around the coop admiring our birds, especially our two white-capped black Polish chicks.

Your instructions were easy to use and I actually did the entire project with a skilsaw and cordless drill. I was amazed how simple it really was to complete. Thanks for giving our birdkeeping a great start. Now, just to wait for the eggs!

Thanks to Shane for sending in his picture and comments. If you’ve found his tips useful, please leave a comment and let him know.