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Below are some of the inspiring stories and testimonials I have received from some of my readers from around the world. All of the coops included below have been built using my chicken coop plans. I'd like to thank all of you who sent in photos of your coop and shared your story with the community.

"I finished my chicken coop with your plans!"

"Hi John; I finished my chicken coop with your plans!! Looks great!!! Thanks for everything! Pete" Peter Manasse


I built my first coop in 1 weekend!

"My wife and I decided we would try the chicken thing about 2 years ago, with a little help from her sister. That's a story within itself. I started doing some research, and came upon John's website.

I looked through all the plans and found one I liked, so I purchased it. The beauty of these plans is, with a little know how and imagination, you can easily build your own, professional looking, coop. You can also use the basic design and tweak it to fit your needs and/or tastes. I built my first coop in 1 weekend.

I liked doing it so much, I turned it into a side business, and have built approximately 20 coops since."

- Kenneth Lang


"The chickens are happy and so are we"

"We redesigned the roofline to cover the nests. Added the chicken door out of the run. Installed roosts on hinges so they could be easily lifted your cleaning.

The addition of a chicken electric fence made it all work very well. The chickens are happy and so are we."

- Jerry NeSmith


"The plans are very easy to follow"

"The plans are very easy to follow and I am planning on using another plan during the summer.

For a beginner carpenter the coop looks great, and, withstood our very harsh four foot or more snowy deposit this winter."

- Gail Palmer


"I'm no carpenter and I was able to build the perfect coop"

"Plans were great! I'm no carpenter and I was able to build the perfect coop for me and 16 chickens."

- Jerry Knights


"The plans were clear and concise."

"The plans were clear and concise. A nice step by step process that lead to a sound finished product."

- Von Mock


"The plans were very good!"

"The plans were very good. I enlarged them by 50% so had to re-figure all measurements. Came out very good. Also added linoleum to floor for ease of cleaning. Coop is now 10'X12' with a 10'x16' chicken wire enclosure. We have 21 chickens living there along with 2 ducks and 2 geese."

- Carol Gibson


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John, your plans were very easy to follow!

"John, your plans were very easy to follow. I ordered one set of plans and wished I had ordered the next size larger, and due to the simplicity of the plans it was easy to enlarge them to a larger coop.

I was even able to adapt your plans to create a similar style run for the chickens.

I submitted photo's to Lumberjacks woodworker site and received a recognition on their site for the coop. Thanks for your great plans"

- Jerry Davis


"The plans were very easy to follow"

"The plans were very easy to follow. When we built the run, we poured a concrete footing about 10" deep and 6" wide on which to tie off the wire. This prevents varmints from digging under." 

- Gretchen Evans


"Plans were great, easy to add your own touches!"

"My son was home from college, he helped me all weekend to complete our coop. Great memories with him, unforgettable! We made a few alterations to the plan to accommodate our location.

Plus we added the cupola, rooster weather vane, and automatic door opener. Plans were great, easy to add your own touches!!"

- Charles Baker


"We are so happy with the results and our neighbors and friends are a bit envious"

"We did a version of the Poultry Farmer 2 chicken. We also wanted a greenhouse so we did a partition wall with a door to close off 1/3 of the coop. We also added a countertop and plexi-glass windows that can be opened in the summer. We did our coop on a concrete floor with stem walls as I do concrete for a living.

We also added mobile nesting box to house chicks. We found the plans to be very complete and easy to follow. They also lend themselves to customization where budget may be a consideration.

We are so happy with the results and our neighbors and friends are a bit envious."

- Kevin Sullivan


"You and your plans were an inspiration to us!"

"John, we love our chickens and they all love the coop we built for them. Thanks again, you and your plans were an inspiration to us!"

- Susan Shier


"Top shelf plan! The Gambrel is great!

"Top shelf plan! The Gambrel is great! Very easy to follow directions and the plan makes great use of standard lumber material.

I added a cupola and weathervane to top for aesthetics (Birthday gift for my bride).

It also survived the Boston 2015 winter - at one point there was 30" of standing snow on the top!"

- John Bergeron


"Before building this coop, I had never built a thing in my life!"

"Before building this coop, I had never built a thing in my life. The plans were thorough, easy to follow, and worth every penny!"

- Preston Morrison


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