This highly functional design is more than a chicken coop. It’s a central part of your garden. From how it looks to how well it protects, The Garden Coop makes keeping backyard chickens more effortless and joyful.
Key features of The Garden Coop walk-in chicken coop design:
- Keep up to 8 hens or customize for more
- Ample ventilation and light
- Measures about 9.5’w x 5.5’d x 8’h (2.9 x 1.7 x 2.4 m), outer dimensions. Henhouse: 15 sq ft (1.4 sq meter). Run: 52 sq ft (4.9 sq meter).
- Walk in through the full-sized door
- Spread your wings in the roomy run
- Know your flock is safe with a 360° barrier against rodents and predators
- Easily modify to suit your flock, climate, and needs — or to house other critters like quail, ducks, rabbits, pigeons, and more
- Hardware Quick Kit available (U.S. only)
- Built with pride. . . by you!
About The Garden Coop chicken coop plans:
- Instant download
- 45+ pages of illustrations, photos, and step-by-step instructions
- Written for beginners, with simple cuts and techniques
- Includes full tool and material lists
- Features extra details, photos, and construction tips based on years of customer feedback
- Purchase includes both U.S. (feet/inches) and metric (millimeters) versions
- Compatible with iPad and other PDF-friendly mobile devices
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- Click here for free plan previews: U.S. | Metric
Efficient design. Integrated chicken coop and run.
You can think of The Garden Coop as a box within a box — a raised henhouse that opens into a secure enclosed run, or yard. Building your chicken coop like this has many advantages.
For one, it puts the henhouse at a comfortable height for access and cleaning. You can hang your feeder and waterer beneath to save space. And the full footprint of the coop is available for the chickens to scratch around, relax, and make the best compost your garden has ever known.
But one of the biggest advantages of The Garden Coop’s integrated design is that, since the run is fully secured, you can leave the opening between the henhouse and run open all the time. So your chickens are free to come and go as they please — and so are you. No having to let them in and out each morning and night.
Less waste. More coop.
It was important to us when designing The Garden Coop that we use easily accessible materials — and show you how to make the most of each one. The plans tell you exactly what you need to buy or gather, then exactly what to do with it. So you get a gorgeous, professional-looking coop at a more modest do-it-yourself price.
Build a chicken coop — and make it your own.
The Garden Coop has been built by backyard chicken keepers around the world since 2008. When you set out with these plans, you enjoy the benefit of the collective knowledge, ideas, and examples of this community of builders.
Paint it your kids’ favorite colors, repurpose salvaged building materials, collect rainwater, keep bees in an adjacent run, generate solar electricity, attach a tool rack, expand it to add bunnies, add features for quail, ducks, or pigeons — these are just some of the ways others have built upon the foundation you get with The Garden Coop plans. What will you dream up?
Kids like — okay — love, love, love gathering eggs from the little egg door at the front of the henhouse, and the full-sized door lets them easily walk into the chicken coop to help with feeding, watering, and cleaning. There’s even an access and cleanout door to the a waist-high hen house inside the run. How to build these doors is all explained in the plans.
Make the henhouse a home.
The henhouse gives plenty of space for the hens to roost indoors when they choose. It’s also where they nest and lay the freshest, richest eggs you’ll ever eat. You can play with the configuration of the roosts to fit the number of hens you have.
You can leave the floor of the henhouse bare, paint it, cover it with sand or deep litter, or line it with linoleum for easier cleanup. Because the henhouse is raised, it’s at a comfortable working height for keeping things tidy. We simply brush the chickens’ droppings and used litter down into the enclosed run to begin composting with the rest of their bedding.
We also offer a free online tutorial showing you how to build external nest boxes for your chicken coop.
The freedom to come and go — for your chickens and for you.
The outer perimeter of The Garden Coop is fully secure, with bolted doors and hardware cloth trenched down on all sides of the chicken run. So the opening between the henhouse and run does not need to be closed at night.
Building your chicken coop this way takes some extra planning and work up front, but it beats having to go out every night to close your hens in (and every morning to let them out). It also allows your hens the choice to roost in the outer run at night, which our flock prefers almost year round in the Pacific Northwest.
As for the placement of the ladder, there are two orientations discussed in the plan. Many people like it to come up through the hen house floor, because it’s tucked out of the way. Others prefer to have the chickens’ ramp come up the side wall of the henhouse at the rear wall of the coop. This gives you uninterrupted floorspace in the henhouse, which becomes more important the larger your flock. It also may provide some advantage at preventing updrafts in colder climates.
The point is, you have plenty of options. And that’s the great thing about building your own chicken coop — you get final say on how to do it!
Roosts where you want them.
There are also several options for where to mount a roost in the enclosed hen yard (run). You can use a branch for a roost or a two-by-two or two-by-four. Figure that each chicken needs about ten to twelve inches of roost space.
Assembling the coop can be mostly a one-person job, but your family, friends, and neighbors will probably want to get in on the fun. Several aspects of The Garden Coop design make it extremely predator proof, including trenching down the hardware cloth around the coop. If your friends offer to help you with this part of the chicken coop construction process, be very nice to them.
The chicken coop that’s part of your garden
Grow vines or pole beans up the side of the run for extra shade (and food) in the summer. We’ve grown pole beans, star jasmine, and hops. Hops is a perennial which vines aggressively, but can be cut back every year. It also did an excellent job providing summertime shade for the chicken coop.
Why stop at one coop?
Most chicken keepers will only ever need one chicken coop to start and sustain their hobby. But if you ever want a second coop — to expand your flock, brood chicks, separate out a broody or sick hen, or to add the function of a mobile tractor to your existing walk-in coop — The Garden Coop pairs perfectly with our other designs.
And if you want an easy, elegant way to add secure space to your chickens’ day yard, check out our plans for The Garden Run modular enclosure series. These designs let you add a little or a lot, while creating new ways to blend your chickenkeeping with your gardening.