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post #51 of 58

Here is another prefab that has been designed by a British company and is available for sale in the US. Great value for the money and it looks great in the front or back yard.
Check out THE CHICKEN Coop at

www.sixchickenlovers.com


http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/64380_image3071.gif THE CHICKEN Coop $300

http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/64380_p8140241.jpg Apex Roof Coop $500

post #52 of 58

Yikes! Those poor birds in the picture of that last coop are seriously overcrowded! Looks like more than twenty birds in that small run.

post #53 of 58

I have that second run as one of my GROW OUT coops.  If the chickens don't get to range freely, it really can only support two grown up LF chickens.  If they're allowed to free range during the day, all day, then 4 could sleep in it at night.  I have 7 ten-week-old youngsters in mine right now, for another week - then they'll be ready to integrate with the rest of my flock.  7 is waay too many but they're not gonna live there permanently.

-- Linda (AKA: gryeyes)
I refuse to fight a battle of wits with an unarmed person.

Buncha Outdoor PET chickens, ducks, five Toulouse geese, and four turkeys....so far. Plus 2 wiener dogs, some bunnies and a rescue cat which owns me. Oh. And a house silkie....

Grab some eggs & Join us! 
Great fun, Great Prizes & GREAT friends! 
5th Annual BYC Easter Hatch-a-long!

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-- Linda (AKA: gryeyes)
I refuse to fight a battle of wits with an unarmed person.

Buncha Outdoor PET chickens, ducks, five Toulouse geese, and four turkeys....so far. Plus 2 wiener dogs, some bunnies and a rescue cat which owns me. Oh. And a house silkie....

Grab some eggs & Join us! 
Great fun, Great Prizes & GREAT friends! 
5th Annual BYC Easter Hatch-a-long!

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post #54 of 58

I don't think I've seen this one posted yet:  http://www.backyardchickens.com/coopdesigns.html

I
almost bought one from this company until my hubby and I decided to build our own, but they were very nice and helpful when I e-mailed them with questions. They said they could build any coop that you wanted as long as you had a picture or something for them to go by.

I'm a little stumped as to why the link I copied and pasted for "King Coops" turned into a byc link. If you are interested in this site, just google "King Coops". Sorry for the edit.


Edited by brounii - 10/4/10 at 11:13am
post #55 of 58

I didn't have a lot of info on them to go on when I was shopping around for coops (and already posted a question or two on this forum), so I thought I'd give my experience with EZ Clean Coops, which is the manufacturer I ended up going with to get my "pre-fab coop"!

First of all, I love the design.  The EZ brand's key feature are the poop boards below the roosts.  Since this is my only experience with chicken coops (this is my first one), I can say that I'm spoiled by this feature.  In the future, I will only ever have poop boards under the roosts!!!  They are a life-saver.  There are zero droppings anywhere in the coop but in the poop boards, and I love it.  Clean up is fairly easy, and the droppings go straight into my composter.  However, I'd make them out of plastic, not wood, as the wood tends to stain, and is not as easy to clean.  I prefer wood because it's better for the environment, but when it comes to chicken droppings (and disease/pest control), plastic is better.

As far as prefab coops go, they're standard.  I do love my coop, the nest boxes are the right size, and my girls love it.  It's water tight and that's important.  I love the three windows so there's good ventilation and my coop never smells.  However, if I could do it all over again, I'd probably hire someone to build a coop for me.  It would probably be cheaper in the long run, and might hold more birds for the cost of materials.  For a pre-fab coop, I'd definitely recommend it though.  It was easy to put together, and my husband and I constructed it in about 2 hours total.

On the other hand, for delivery of all pre-fab coops, consider that a tractor trailer will need to reach your house, otherwise you'll be schlepping the pieces of your coop to your house/yard.  We have a fairly steep gravel driveway and the Fed Ex guy couldn't drive it up!  It was a long day.

Hope this helps any newbies in their search for coops.  A prefab coop is a great way to go when you're just starting out.  I didn't have the time or carpentry skills to put together a coop of my own design from scratch, so I'm happy with a prefab.  I also wanted to focus on the chickens and raise them properly (since this is my first time with chickens), so it worked out well.  If you're curious, this is the website for the coops:

www.ezcleancoops.com

Good luck!

post #56 of 58

how did you get that coop, and was it pre built

post #57 of 58

the apex roofed one

post #58 of 58
I'm curious....how easy are the ark coops to clean?
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