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post #11 of 19

:welcome I'm glad you joined our community!

 

The other posters have answered your question well. :)

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Breeder of Dutch bantams, Wyandotte bantams, and a few exhibition rabbits.

Feel free to ask me questions about chicken and rabbit care, breeds, and showing! I'm always happy to help!

Nature's first green is gold,

Her hardest hue to hold.

Her early leaf's a flower

But only so an hour.

Then leaf subsides to leaf.

So Eden sank to grief,

So dawn goes down to day.

Nothing gold can stay. --Robert Frost

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post #12 of 19

Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.

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"Let God have you and let God love you. And don’t be surprised if your heart begins to hear music you’ve never heard and your feet learn to dance as never before.” -Max Lucado

"You have searched me, Lord and You know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; You perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; You are familiar with all my ways." -Psalm 139:1-3
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post #13 of 19

Welcome to Backyard chickens.  I have no personal experience with the  premade coops but, have heard feedback  from others who say they tend to look nice but, are not durable.  The  companies seems to inflate the no. of birds that can be comfortably houses. Generally for the price, people can make a much better one themselves.

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post #14 of 19
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Thank you all for the input. I really appreciate it. I pulled the trigger on their 4 x 6 Barn coop with an  8 x 8 run. I also bought their 8' X 3½' Spring Fling Mobile Chicken Run, to push them around the yard to allow them to eat some treats. I have about 2.5 acres, but I can not allow them to free range due to coyotes and hawks, here in NE Tennessee. Researching their company, they also build dog runs and have an A rating with the BBB, plus looking at their materials and everything they give with the coop, looked pretty decent. I love their security feature for around the coop and coop run to try to stop digging varmints. The 8 x 8 attached run comes with a roof and I figured I would put a few inches of builders sand in that run. I also figured I would use Pine shavings in the nest boxes and coop floor, which has trays you pull out and clean. This way, after a day of foraging in the mobile run, they can come back into the attached run with the sand, then into the coop for the night. I spent a bundle on the setup, but I wanted to try to get the best for the chickens. By the time I get eggs, I will probably be paying $50/ doz for them.:love. But hey, you can not beat fresh eggs and who knows what is going to happen with the economy, at least I will have eggs.

 

What do you think so far? Any good? I guess, in a few months, I should have some reviews to give. Hopefully, good ones. :love

post #15 of 19
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Drumstick diva

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Welcome to Backyard chickens.  I have no personal experience with the  premade coops but, have heard feedback  from others who say they tend to look nice but, are not durable.  The  companies seems to inflate the no. of birds that can be comfortably houses. Generally for the price, people can make a much better one themselves.

I know what you mean but we are getting up in years and just can not do what we used to do, especially after a couple of hip surgeries. UGH! You are absolutely right about inflating the # of birds, so I am going by the 4 sq' and 10 sq' rule. I so appreciate very much your input.

post #16 of 19


Hounddog,
How do you like your http://www.chickencondos.com product? I also discovered them, and found it odd that there are no reviews of a presumably amazing product. I'm looking at their mobile henhouse/run combos. I'd love an updated review if you have any comments on it after owning it for a while. How was shipping and assembly?

I'm looking at this one: http://www.chickencondos.com/index.php/coop-run-combo/mobile-chicken-tractors.html
Kate

post #17 of 19

:frow

I am considering them as well and would love to hear someone's real world experience.  Please, share what you've learned!  :-)

Eggs Loaded in the incubator... chicks expected 4/15!   
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post #18 of 19

I found coop that looks identical to the large Rhode Island coop here:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BFO5KNW/ref=crt_ewc_img_huc_1?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=AAXB30O24BXCY

 

Reviews are pretty promising.  Plus, this doesn't include shipping costs.  Shipping from chickencondos to the East coast is looking to be very expensive unfortunately.  I got a quote of $158 to ship the one coop.  :-/

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Eggs Loaded in the incubator... chicks expected 4/15!   
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post #19 of 19

Hi Hounddog777!

 

How are you liking your coop? I always imagined myself with a more country classic wood coop, rather than metal, but a coop that is durable against predators wins over aesthetics, so I'm seriously considering the barn coop/run as well. Have you added any more chickens to your flock, and if so, are you happy with the size of your coop? How is the coop holding up against the sun/rain? There are so many prefab coops out there, but this company looks very different, since they aren't wood. My only hesitation is the cost, but it looks worth it if it really is as durable and predator-proof as they say. I currently have 4 pullets, but I plan to add more as the years go on, so I want to make sure that this coop will suit my needs. I would love your input! Also, pictures are welcome!

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