Originally Posted by tooktooktook
Very nice! I don't see any hardware cloth from the ground part way up the sides to keep critters like coons from reaching in and grabbing a hen. Won't be able to get it out but they will rip the head of a chicken sleeping against the fencing.
Originally Posted by urbanabanana
I just ordered this one last night, they say it's big enough for six chickens, but I wouldn't house more than four in there at a time. I'm excited to pick it up and get it assembled!
First, understand that anyone here poo-pooing only want to save you time and money. $200 is not a huge amount of money. I have no idea how long it takes to assemble all the parts. But if you end up having to spend a lot of money, time and effort "upgrading" it later, you haven't saved anything.
Near as I can tell from the TSC site
- the whole thing is ~6' long, 3' wide and 4' high. They claim 6-8. Given those dimensions, the coop part is 3'x3'x3' (at the peak which means 2' max at the sides). Measure that 3'x3' footprint out on your kitchen floor understanding that the nest boxes "steal" 1' of it and there really isn't any floor space with the "roosts" only 1" above the cleanout tray. If you have a rainy day with any wind, the chickens may not want to be out in the run and they won't be comfortable in the coop. I don't know about anyone else's chickens but my 16 spend no time at all on the roosts except when they are sleeping at night but they have ~120 sq feet of floor space in the coop and a much larger area inside the barn for their indoor 'run' when they aren't out free ranging.
- A review said it needs to be painted before being used outside, it is only primed.
- You would need to add some sort of lip to the front of the nest boxes. They show a small amount of hay (fake I think) shoved in the back and suggest the hens lay on the flat board in front of it. Nope, those eggs are staged. And, my open nest box originally had dividers about that height but the girls messed with each other and I ended up making them tall enough the birds can't see each other.
- I can't tell but I'm not seeing any ventilation in the coop other than the light gap around the outside egg access door. There might be some in the gable end but there are no pictures of that.
- Look at the chickens in the run under the coop. 12" isn't enough standing room unless you have bantams so the area under the coop isn't overly usable.
- I also see that they put the water under the coop about half way back. The birds can use it there but are you going to remove the ladder and crawl under there daily to fill it?
Originally Posted by FringsFam
Man so many nice coops out there!!.. Just finished our first coop. Used the back of our workshop for a wall. First day with the chicks out in there coop. Had to show off the hard work
Looks like a nice size space.
How many hens? I count maybe a dozen birds. 11 nests is a lot and how do you expect them to get to the 3 purchased ones up top? I have 6 nests for 16 hens though only 2 of the older girls regularly use the enclosed 4' long community box and I might have to make modifications if all the 9 nearly 4 Y/O hens start laying again. At the moment only a couple of them are laying and only a few times a week. Unless my chickens are weird, they lay at any time of day depending on when they last laid AND they prefer to lay in a box another chicken has already laid in (thus the fake eggs). That said, some have their favorite nests and will jump in with another girl, the one lower in the order usually moves to another nest.
You will need a lip on the nest boxes a few inches high to hold in the nesting material and eggs. You will also need an access perch for them. Clearly not a "must do now" thing since they won't be laying for another 4-5 months.
Are the closet rods on the left for the chicks to roost on until they get bigger? You want the roosts higher than all the nests or they will sleep in the nests. They naturally want to roost high (presumably for predator protection) and will choose the highest place in the coop. You might want to block off the upper nest boxes until they are laying so they don't get in the habit of sleeping in them.