True stories of a small flock of remarkable individuals -- and other critters.

Friday, February 5, 2010

the coop

Long before the chickens, there were coop sketches. 

Lots and lots of coop sketches, 

all over the kitchen table, the floor... many many sketches.

I wanted to design a coop that would look nice in the backyard. It needed to be safe and spacious, easy to clean, something that wouldn't cost a fortune.

I gleaned ideas from sites like Backyard Chickens, which has a huge photo gallery of coops.

The one below was the final plan:  safe, easy to clean, the right size for a few hens.

I built it in the garage, one side at a time, and assembled it outside in April.



  1. I am truly impressed! You could desing and build coops as a side job to your art :o)

  2. I like you lil coop, its too cute.

  3. How did you incorporate the pavers?

  4. Hi Anonymous -- Oh, the pavers...I was going to place them all around the edges as deterrent for predators who might try to dig their way in.
    But I ended up laying hardware cloth around the edges, about six inches wide....Easier and cheaper.

  5. Very nice coop!

  6. Oldest Bestest Friend, LeslieFebruary 5, 2011 at 11:42 AM

    It's 2011 already and a year since this blog began... I'm rereading and catching up on episodes. :0)

    One more cool thing to know about Lauren is that she was also a furniture maker at one point, and is now a fun, toy-home-kid-family-pet-DIY project designer and maker. It all started back in the mid 80s with a furniture class at MassArt.

    Her talents are endless!

  7. very cute coop! and the trojan coop is a riot :)

  8. Just found your blog and I want you to be my new best friend LOL. LOVE IT! Keep up the great work!