Condensation will typically be greater when using a plastic rather than wooden coop
but cubic capacity also comes into it same birds bigger building better ventilation especially at roof height should equal less condensation
we are all plastic here
We (swmbo) started with an Eglu 2nd hand from Ebay
And then when Duck Norris came along we bought a Solway mini hen coop for him as temporary accommodation.
The solway door is a bit too small and Duck Norris did not like it at first then along came 7 more Ducks and we were a bit stuffed.
By comparison to other products like the Solway and Green Frog I think the Eglus are over rated and horrendously expensive.
I think half the price seems to be down to the cult following they have achieved
Both work well with 3 birds not too much condensation.
The Solway wins simply because it has proper roosting bars and a separate nest imho
With four birds in it the Eglu is definitely overcrowded and the nest gets very soiled as it also get slept in
We also get a lot more damaged eggs in the Eglu.
So time for plan B we are going to be getting more Chicken and already have 8 ducks
I really can’t justify the even more absurd cost of the Eglu Cube for the Chickens and didn’t want to buy a large Dog Kennel type thing for the ducks.
I also didn’t want to build or buy a wooden coop as I feel with the amount of cleaning needed it would need to be very well made using Tongue and Groove Boards etc. that it too would be expensive. Plus in the winter water and wood don’t mix that well long term.
There are some very good, some very flimsy and some very silly looking wooden coops on the market most look like mite traps to me.
So I am trying something different.
My 8 Ducks are in one of these a 6x4 Plastic ‘Blooma’ sheds which I bought for £130 on Ebay
It is all plastic so cleaning is simplicity in itself, later I will either be fitting a standard household sink style drain in the floor or may even remove the floor completely and use a permanent deep bed system. It is twin walled so semi insulated plastic but after the extreme frost we had this morning I did notice some condensation on the inside of the roof
Managing condensation is all about ventilation I will be putting some more in and this weekend I will probably replace the plastic window with some galvanised mesh.
Anyway as this is working well I am now considering the same for the Chickens especially as we will need something bigger I reckon to house up to 20.
So bought one of these 6x4 Ketter sheds brand new for £175 from ebay.
This shed looks like it is a lot stronger than the Blooma and better suited to screwing in things like perches etc.
Plan is human access through the proper door with a pop hole at the other end in to the WIR and a 2nd pop hole on the side into my Paddock.
Perches down one side with a sliding plastic poop tray below and a communal style external nest box on the other side with one or two holes into it.
For the nest box something like this is being considered
Although I also like the idea of a couple of internal covered kitty litter tray so may try those first.
The advantage with all this is I get proper human sized buildings with a door and it is all still plastic which can be pressure washed, will never rot and so far has cost me less than one commercial coop of a similar size etc.so win win as far as I am concerned.
The Solway will probably end up on stilts on my currently submerged Island in my pond as I reckon the wild ducks and Morhens would welcome it.
The Eglu may become a brooder run or can go back on ebay as I bet we will get back what we paid for it.
Ditto for the plastic sheds if the experiment has any flaws
Edited by DallasCriftins - 12/6/12 at 2:15pm