I'm getting hens for my 30th at the end of this month and need to get some housing for them. I know that I should build my own, but neither I or anyone I know has the time or the skills, so I'm looking to buy a coop with a run, as they won't be able to free range all the time. We have a few foxes but nothing too major, have left guinea pigs out in their totally-not-fox-proof run a couple of times way past dusk without any issues. I'm planning to get 3 hybrids to start with, and have a budget of about 250 quid for the house itself. Trying to avoid foreign imports, would prefer something made here as it would seem more likely to last! So, the two I have narrowed it down to are these:
With both of these I would purchase the matching runs detailed on the website.
Now I know these are extremely different types, but for some reason I like them both alot. At the moment I'm more inclined to the wooden A-frame coop, in case I want to get more chickens, but I do like the fox-proofing on the plastic coop, as well as its usability.
Advise me please! Which would be best?! Or is the something else which would be even better... Please help!
Wooden ones are prettier but I think plastic are brilliant in terms of keeping them clean. I have 2 Eglus and have never had problems with redmite (despite having 3 battery hens who came infested with mites) and I would worry about that with a wooden coop.
Make sure you get one that is easy to move and is bigger than you think you need. I started with 3 hens and quickly went to 6 & needed a bigger coop. I now have 5 hens in the big henhouse & 2 rabbits in the small one!
The wooden one is up off the ground and I think that they ventilate better than plastic, so on balance despite the possibility of it being harder to treat for red mite, I'd go for the wood. Anditdoesn'tlooklikeanAndersonshelter
I have an Eglu which is great. However, plastic ones are expensive and I would consider a wooden one if I were to get a new one. The wooden one is bigger and many people who get hens get an illness called morehens disease. This means that you have an uncontrollable urge to get more hens. You can find out more info about this disease on the Omlet Forum. Just do a word search on it. Therefore, I would buy the wooden one, unless you have plenty of dosh to fund your future illness.
I only keep Silkies but they are adorable . Friendly, can't fly and a chicken of very little brain. I show them so I breed quite a few - I'll sell off my spare stock in the autumn so will probably come down to about 25.
Oh., I think I have this too. Mine is the mychickensittersaysNoMoreHens strain. It's manageable most days but the urges are very hard to resist. Perhaps we should have a support thread, since there are a few of us suffering. I always thought I was alone.
I suppose I should count my lucky stars that I don't have space for 70 but I do have space for several more. And I have an empty rabbit hutch...(because the rabbits live in the hen house )
Misbehiving, do you want some more? I have 15 spare, halfish being female. The males will probably go in the freezer but the females are free to anyone who wants them otherwise they'll go into the freezer too
Ooo, they're lovely. Shame you're in Norfolk - I need to find a more local supplier to feed my habit but I'm not allowed to buy any more. If I acquired them somehow, it'd be ok. Or rescued them. Or if they just appeared in my garden, it wouldn't be my fault...
Do any of you have talking chickens? When I go outside, Chicky (DS named her!) runs up, squats down and peeps 'hello'. She does - she really does say hello. My mum heard her. I'm not imagining my hens talking to me. Not at all.