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Formex Snap Lock Coop


Pros: Well engineered, easy to assemble, easy to clean, sturdy, light weight, predator safe, nice company to deal with

Cons: It's pricey - but then you get what you pay for. There is no enclosed run - which is always a nice safety measure for your chickens.....

Strongly prefer plastic for chicken coops - so there are fewer places for parasitic mites to hide, and cleaning is a breeze, I will never need to paint or refinish it.  Assembly is really easy - and in my case, I needed to disassemble and move to a different home...and that wasn't too difficult either.  


I have both the smaller and the larger size.  In the smaller one, over the winter, I kept 4-hens and a rooster all standard size.  They kept each other warm - but that is probably the max that you would want in one of these small ones.  The larger one - has 3x the roosting space... e.g. Small one has a 3-foot roosting bar, larger one has three 3-foot roosting bars.


Smaller one has 3-nesting boxes, and the larger one has 4 nesting boxes.  Pull out trays on the bottom - make cleaning very easy - especially if you put PDZ on the takes moments to have a clean coop each day.  Although the larger one can hold more chickens, the smaller one -- seems a bit easier to reach into to get the chicken if it needs tending -   May partially depend on how long you make the legs for the 'stand' and your own height and length of arms.  There are also multiple height options for the three roosting bars in the larger one -   The panel that you remove to slide out the poop tray in the smaller one is larger and has a bit easier view and access, The panel in the larger one is narrower - and you slide out two separate trays rather than just one...


Both fit on the same base - and the company on their website and now I hear with the product has plans to build the raised legs from 2x4's and it is very easy...and kind of fun.


Hardware, and night locking mechanisms are very good and predator proof.  I had a raccoon crawling around one coop one night and he couldn't gain entry.  Now they are both in enclosed runs - so I leave the doors open for the chickens to come in and out free choice.  They are also sturdy - before occupancy I had one set on a picnic table and the prairie winds tossed it into the yard... no harm or damage to the coop. (small one)....


I could easily recommend this to anyone who wants an easy to clean, secure coop for their chickens.  Once mounted on the legs that the plans show you how to build - (and you can be creative with the type of ladder you want to build...) it isn't something that will be blown around. 


Whenever I have spoken to the company they have been excellent to deal with -- great people.  Check out their website for more details and how to assemble and the plans for the leg assembly.


Now-a-days, I think of chicken coops as - holding a certain number of pounds of chickens.  The small one, over the winter, held About 22-25-pounds worth of chickens.  I prefer smaller chickens that lay lots of eggs to larger chickens that grow lots of feathers.  :O)  If your chickens are 8-10 pounds each,  you would probably need to opt for the larger coop....


Pros: Price, size, ease of assembly, thoughtful design

Cons: None so far

I was able to assemble this easily by myself in an hour or less. It seems very sturdy. It is very thoughtfully designed, with removable litter trays and removable nest box trays for cleaning. The hardware is all excellent quality, and carabiners are provided for every latch. 


The roof opens for access to the inside; also, the entire roof can be removed if needed for more access. There are three interior roosts and four nest boxes. I am planning to add a base (instructions included with coop) and wheels (my own addition). The instructions are very clear and detailed. The kit ships FedEx ground, and arrived quicklyIt looks great, and since it's plastic, there will be no painting or maintenance needed other than power-washing from time to time. It has adjustable vents near the top. The double-walled construction will provide some insulation. 


I'm planning to use it as a transition for my new babies, to get them from the brooder to the "big-girl" coop. I'll use it for this purpose every year, unless I employ Plan B, which is to start a small flock of Bantams with this coop as their permanent home. It's big enough for 12-15 standard-sized hens, as long as they have outside roaming space and use this just for secure sleeping at night.


I am very happy with this coop! The price and ease of assembly both beat any comparable wooden coop kit I could find. And, it's made in the USA, which is nice.


Pros: Easy to put together, Light weight to carry, Easy to Clean,

Cons: No windows for natural sunlight, no designated feeders or waterers, expensive

So far, I'm very happy with this coop.  I am housing some guinea keets in it INDOORS until they're old enough to go outside.  It was very easy to put together, though we had to use a rubber mallet to put together the nesting boxes.  It's VERY easy to clean.  I do wish there was some way for natural light to get in during the day.  

Formex Snap Lock Coop

This is a double-walled plastic coop kit. It is shipped via FedEx, and easily assembled by one person in an hour or less. I'm planning to build a raised platform for it with wheels. It is very thoughtfully designed, with removable litter trays and nest box trays, three interior roosts, and adjustable ventilation. Room for 12-15 chickens, as long as they are using it just for sleeping. I'm going to use it as a transition for my new chicks from the brooder to the "big girl" coop. Planning to use it for this purpose year after year, unless I fall prey to the urge for a small bantam flock! It comes in two sizes. This is the larger one, still small and easily movable. Seems very sturdy. Comes with carabiners for all the latches. The roof opens for access to the inside, and there is also a removable panel to access the litter trays. I think it's a great, simple way to house a small flock. Cheaper than any comparable wooden kit I could find, no painting or maintenance necessary beyond a power washing now and then.

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