Ying made a wonderful addition to her Chicago backyard using the Garden Coop full-height chicken coop plans, modifying the design to have a peaked roof. The rest of the post comes from her. . . .
Building my backyard chicken coop
I bought your Garden Coop chicken coop plans back in the second week of June and started working on it right away. I finished in early August and wanted to share with you the fruits of my labor!
It was very daunting to see some 30+ pages after I purchased your coop plans and downloaded it, but I was determined to see it through. I thought if other women could do it, why not me?
I deviated from the plan and added my own alterations, but I used the main frame which gave me a fantastic foundation.
Modifications to the original Garden Coop chicken coop design
Here are some of the things I changed:
- Shingled the roof.
- Coops stands almost 9 feet tall, and I also shortened it to 8 ft. long and 5 ft. wide.
- Sourced old garage window for viewing chicks. Kids love it!
- My nesting door is to the side and pretty wide.
- Used cedar beveled wood siding, painted with exterior weather paint.
- Nesting boxes are fashioned from leftover OSB boards.
- Roosting poles are 2x4s so that chickens can keep their feet warm in our winters with one high and one low and are anchored by brackets.
- I know you offer chicken nipple waterers at your website but I made my own! Sealed it with threaded tape and a swab of clear silicone.
- My husband helped me make the ramp, and he left the branches extra long. I thought it looked ridiculous and wanted them shortened, but the chicks love it!
- Installed locks on my entry door and nesting box door for security.
- Also filled my trench with a mixture of large and small river rocks I got on sale at Menard’s. When I filled up the trench, I poured the rocks in with a mixture of dirt then watered it to create a hard cement like fort.
By the way, my 7- and 8-year-olds helped me many days in the hot Chicago sun!
Many thanks to Ying for sharing her coop photos and notes on building with The Garden Coop walk-in chicken coop plans. If you like what she’s created, please let her know with a note below. And if you find our posts helpful and want to receive email notifications as posts are published, subscribe to Coop Thoughts.