The Garden Coop Plan eBook (PDF, Imperial Units)

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Whether you are new to chickens or carpentry, The Garden Coop is remarkably easy to build and customize. And it makes an attractive addition to your backyard and neighborhood.

Features include:

» Translucent, "open" roof for fresh air and lots of light

» Human-sized door for easy access

» Raised, secure henhouse fits up to 8 large-breed hens

» 360° barrier against rodents and predators

» Simple cuts and assembly

» Measures about 10'w x 6'd x 8'h

You can do it. Really.
We've broken it down into several manageable steps. Measurements, materials, the tools you need — everything's spelled out. All the basic thinking is done and explained with clear, professional writing and dozens of diagrams and photos.

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Grow vines or pole beans up the side for extra shade (and food) in the summer. »

The space between the mesh at the top and the roofing panels makes a great drying rack for onions or garlic at harvest time. Or build a solar dehydrator frame and slip it in. »
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Kids like getting eggs from the little egg door, and they can enter the coop to help with feeding, watering, and cleaning. »

What They're Saying

"Thanks for the extremely well-written/illustrated plans." —Allan

"I can't wait to get started. . . . It looks like a rock solid, well thought-out plan." —Morgan

"I'm 70 and pretty active, probably a few years ago I'd have tackled it by myself, but I'm going to get help from a friend, a carpenter. . . . I like its look and simple utility, and I look forward to the fun of putting it up and to finally having some chickens. . . . Thanks for this nice design." —Nicole

"Many, many thanks from this mod ranch house owner! Your help is really going to impact my family's life in a big way." —Elizabeth

"We just purchased your Garden Coop plans. . . and I'm impressed with the level of detail. We'll send pictures when we're done. Thanks!" —Brett

"We have looked at a number of different coop plans and yours seems to fit exactly what we want." —Taylor

"You mentioned that you would refund the purchase if I wasn't able to use the plans. I hate to do it, the coop is so great, but I'm really not going to be able to build it [with the materials I'm trying to use]." AFTER REFUND: "Thank you so much for your response and great customer service. I will definitely spread the word. . . ." —Lauren

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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! »
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There are also several options for where to mount a roost in the enclosed hen yard. We started our chickens in the coop as pullets, so we have a low roost, and one that's up about halfway, shown here. Use a branch for a roost so they can grab hold easily. »

Assembling the coop is mostly a one-person job, but your family, friends, and neighbors will probably want to get in on the fun. »
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The coop is simple to adapt for winter, though in mild climates, you probably won't have to do a thing. In Portland, winter brings lots of rain, so we partially wrap the bottom half or so of the enclosed run with plastic sheeting. It took me about 15 minutes to do, and has kept the ground drier by keeping out the blowing rain. Turns out, it helps just as well with snow and cold winds. »



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