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About to Buy a Chicken Coop. What Size?

Discussion in 'Poultry Chat' started by anotheruser, Jun 18, 2017.


  1. anotheruser

    anotheruser PetForums Senior

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    So I'm in a position to buy some chickens.

    I've been looking at this coop: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/141975960306
    They do a 4 nest version (£200) and a 6 nest version (£240).

    I haven't got money to waste as I'm looking at spending a good bit of money on a shed, but I don't know what size I should go for. I'm thinking the 6, although we'd only start off with three chickens. I don't know if we'd ever have more but I don't want to get the 4 nest version, then decide in a few years time that I should have got the 6 nest one. Maybe we would only ever have four at one time.

    So does anyone have any advice on which I should get?
    I'm not asking for someone to predict the future, just any advice on what you have/had or mistakes you would have changed if you'd known.
     
  2. rockdot

    rockdot PetForums Senior

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    Be careful with this style of wooden coop, they tend to rot and will only last a couple of years. It may be worth looking into a plastic coop as they don't rot and are much easier to keep clean and free of red mite (red mite are a real pain in wooden coops due to the amount of small gaps there are to hide in).
    While they do cost a bit more on the initial outlay, you wont ever need to replace a plastic coop and your cleaning out time and bedding/ maintenance costs will be greatly reduced in the long term.
    Before you get the hens think about how much space you have and how many eggs you consume (although you can always give away or sell any surplus). Four hens is a really nice amount for a family, if you bake a lot or enjoy the gym you may want a couple more.
    Another thing to be aware if is that the runs that come with the coops are never big enough, you will be better off just buying the coop and fashioning your own run to fit the space you have available.

    I personally have one of these as well as the omlet eglu type. It is perfect for 6 hens you may end up with.
    https://www.solwayrecycling.co.uk/recycled-shop/pig-poultry/hen-houses/standard-eco-hen-house

    These are the cheaper plastic hen houses on the market but they are as good as any other available.
    https://www.solwayrecycling.co.uk/recycled-shop/pig-poultry/hen-houses
    http://www.arkus.co.uk/poultry.php
     
    #2 rockdot, Jun 24, 2017
    Last edited: Jun 24, 2017
  3. Betsy's Mum

    Betsy's Mum PetForums Newbie

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    Beware, chicken ownership is addictive! I'd go for a 6 hen house as a minimum as I started out with 3 then had to upgrade to accommodate several more. I had a very large wooden coop, but as rockdot says, that requires fastidious cleaning to keep the red mites at bay.

    Next time I upgrade I will be going for a plastic one. Not as pretty but much easier and better for the hens I think.
     
  4. steveshanks

    steveshanks PetForums VIP

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    As big as you can fit and afford, we ended up having to upgrade (school chickens) and i still feel the new run wasn't big enough.
     
  5. grace88

    grace88 PetForums Junior

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    as above!!

    My two are currently in a coop within a shed... but the coop is being demolished asap (i have a week off in 3 weeks so probs then!)...and then they will have the entire shed :D

    Its addictive - im planning my next ones - definately rescues :D so not fussed about eggs off the rescues

    Have fun :D
     
  6. kittih

    kittih PetForums VIP

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    Hopefully the OP has now got the coop and chickens after their post in June. Doesn't look like they have visited the forum since the day after their post so hopefully they will check back with a chicken update :)
     
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