There are PROs and CONs to everything we buy. Our decision to go with the ChickenCondos Barn Coop was after an exhaustive on-line research for a couple years and after the disappointment of purchasing a feed-store coop built by a customer (it was custom-built and a nice design but out of the cheapest materials possible!). On-line there was no one single design or materials that satisfied us 100% and the ChickenCondos coop came the nearest to our requirements.
OUR 1st LITTLE COOP - GOOD CUSTOM DESIGN BUT VERY CHEAP OSB MATERIALS AND FLIMSY CHICKEN POULTRY WIRE-what was the builder thinking?!
I wanted a new Barn Coop look, wanted it painted and attractive, wanted heavy-duty wheel package portability, with an open pen below the coop, and above all, easy-to-assemble. I kept looking at the Amish and Amish Barn Coops because they were well-built pine and many had options - there was Eggstreme Fiberglass Coops also that had the Amish look and easy care -- but out of all of these Amish or Barn styles we couldn't have the design in our hot SoCalif climate zone. These coops would do better in snow or cold climates.
CONS: Back to ChickenCondos Barn Coop. The first shipment arrived with a damaged window wall, dented kennel-run panels, powder-coated paint scraped off the metal parts everywhere, a bent support bar, a roost mount was torn from a wall, broken chicken ladder, a dislocated wheel, chips and nicks in the wall siding, and many missing screws pulled out of the pre-assembled parts. All this damage was a result of poor manufacturer packaging so that the trucking company from Utah to SoCalif encountered a lot of damage from being moved around maybe from forklift damage and being shoved around in the SAIA shipping trucks as they picked up loads along the way. Some packaged screws and accessories fell out of the open pallet crate that the manufacturer constructed for shipping and the roost poles were openly damaged and rough with splinters. If the Coop parts had been in enclosed plywood packaging instead of an open pallet the pokes and dents could've been eliminated because SAIA nearly destroyed the shipment postponing delivery to us only 20 miles from Los Angeles for 3 days - so I'm sure additional damage was done at the L.A. terminal as SAIA loaded and unloaded the shipment every day until it finally got delivered - SAIA was not very cooperative about meeting their own scheduled daily deliveries until I had to contact ChickenCondos to get on SAIA's butt. I complained to Customer Service and sent about 25 photographs of the damages not to mention the poor welding on some hinges that would not line up during coop assembly. After the photographs were emailed to ChickenCondos they were EXCELLENT about replacing several broken walls, roosts, screws, bolts, paint to fix the scrapes and damage but again they sent all the parts on an open pallet with the inefficient SAIA shipping again - I even offered to pay the extra cost to have enclosed packaging - they did a somewhat better use of pallet boards but it was still open pallet. Parts came damaged again but not as badly as the first shipment so we didn't send anything back and worked with the parts we had. I told ChickenCondos Customer Service desk to please ship the replacement walls,etc, in a closed wall packaging but they didn't so SAIA did its regular damage but ChickenCondos made sure SAIA didn't delay 3 days before delivery like the previous time. Well, the ChickenCondos videos show you it takes only one person a few minutes to assemble the Barn Coop. Ha-Ha! It takes more than a few DAYS if you have to stop and spray paint multiple metal bars and wheel wells that got damaged in shipment, or have to paint several nicks and scrapes on outside coop walls, disassemble a broken wall to replace with another new wall, paint the inside of the coop walls (they are NOT made of WOOD as the ChickenCondos video says but made out of hard particle cardboard). We are seniors and could comfortably assemble only the 4 walls with the easy hinges. The roof was a challenge and very tall and the wheel package very heavy so our house contractor volunteered to use his time and tools to finish the assembly. That Barn Coop is a HUGE sucker -- it is a 4x4 coop but stands OVER 6 feet tall and heavy - the shipping weight with crate was over 750-lbs. We love the dimensions but are so relieved we didn't opt for the larger heavier 4x6 Barn Coop. The 4x4 with wheel package is hard enough to move around!!
HAD TO PAINT THESE INTERIOR PARTICLE BOARD WALLS AND JUST HOPE THEY STAND THE TEST OF TIME. OUR 4 HENS HAVE A LOT OF ROOM INSIDE SO WE HAVEN'T SEEN ANY DAMAGE FROM POOPS OR MOISTURE SO FAR! I ADDED TRIM AROUND THE INTERIOR WINDOWS SO A HEN WOULDN'T BE TEMPTED TO CHEW AT ANY OPEN PARTICLE BOARD EDGES. JUST ME BEING A WORRIER!
THIS IS AS FAR AS WE GOT DURING ASSEMBLY AND OUR CONTRACTOR FINISHED PUTTING THE REST OF IT TOGETHER. NOT AS EASY OR FAST AS THE CHICKENCONDOS VIDEO SHOWS IT. MY CONTRACTOR WAS ABLE TO FIX THE ONE DISLOCATED WHEEL SO WE SAVED TIME NOT HAVING TO WAIT FOR A REPLACEMENT WHEEL.
PROS: Now, you'd think we'd be turned off by all the shipping and damage fiasco with ChickenCondos and SAIA but the Customer Service at ChickenCondos really stepped to the front and rectified all my complaints fast. I had sent them several long emails with detailed descriptions and photos of each and every damaged part including the broken crate with some of the parts falling halfway out. I was disappointed that they didn't enclose the replacement crate completely and shipped partially open pallet but that disaster is all behind us now. At least they didn't require us to ship the damaged walls and accessories back so we still have those. My recommendation is that you specify and are WILLING to pay the extra cost to have a completely enclosed plywood or similar material as walls around the coop pieces instead of an open pallet. If possible, specify something other than SAIA for shipping as their Los Angeles terminal is most inept in our experience.
ChickenCondos Barn Coop has so many available options to customize the coop that I was ecstatic. No other website coop gave so many options and accessories for a coop than ChickenCondos. We ordered everything except the dig-proof panels because our coop rests on a cement slab. We got a couple galvanized chicken treadle feeders, extra ladder ramps, the chicken pop-door (we chose not to get the automated one), the extra floor tray, two added windows, the customized run ( we asked for a size not offered on the site and they made it for us), predator nite eyes, and so many other options we bypassed that we didn't need. It was truly customized to our specifications. We didn't want the PVC feeder or waterer so they closed the openings for us on those features. Everything was built just as we ordered. Amber in Cust Svc understood my choices exactly and confirmed in email writing with an actual invoice sheet. She was also my contact for the replacement parts.
Now that our hens have been using the Barn Coop for several months, we have been very pleased with it. The chicken ladder/ramp was made out of the same Shed material as the outside Shed walls of the coop so they are not the best but have held up surprisingly well outdoors in all kinds of weather and chicken traffic. I complained to Customer Service about this Shed material as a chicken ramp and have noticed on their website that they are constructing wood ramps now - I hope that was because of my recommendation! ChickenCondos has come out with a plastic coop (not a Barn style) and it looks similar in theory to the Eglu Egg Cube from Omelet except roomier and better arrangement than Omelet IMO. This plastic coop was not available when we ordered our Barn Coop but I still would've ordered the Barn Coop as it is pleasing to look at and comes in 6 different color choices. I love this Barn Coop, am happy with the color I picked for it, glad we got the heavy-duty wheel package, glad I ordered extra ladders and egg boxes (it comes with 4 egg boxes normally), and our large fowl like the rounded-edge 2x2 roosts that came with the coop. I tried adding a 2x4 rounded plank but they preferred the 2x2 rounded edge so we left the 2x2 in place. The Barn Coop comes with 5 roost poles but we only use one. The Silkies have always and continue using the nestboxes for their sleeping (it's a Silkie thing to pile up rather than roost on poles). Our Silkies use poles during the day but roost in nestboxes. There is an option for a solid sliding clean-out floor tray or an open-wire tray and we ordered both. Our summers are so humid we will use the open-wire tray and leave the people door open with an open-wire door screen -- our humid summers hit over 100o for several days or weeks in a row. The additional 4x4 run is easily attached by nuts and bolts in easy-to-align hinges. If we were not seniors the coop is probably easy to assemble but we just got a shaky start with our experience. Our contractor is building a roof over the Barn Coop so the coop stays shaded in summer and protected from the winter rains and keep us dry walking to the egg collection box. We invested a lot of $$$ in this coop and are taking all the precautions we think will help to preserve it for our lifetime.
THE EGG BOX, CHICKEN POP DOOR, VENTILATION VENTS, WINDOWS, AND ROOST MOUNTS, ARE ALREADY ASSEMBLED WHEN THE CRATE ARRIVED. SUPPOSEDLY, IF NOT DAMAGED LIKE OURS WAS, IT WAS READY TO NUT/BOLT IT TOGETHER THE DAY IT ARRIVED.