Our family of four is looking to expand with the addition 3-5 chickens later this spring. We are all novices at this and though there is a strong community of support for "backyard chickens" in our area, we are still in search of just the right coop for our new flock.
Due to a number of reasons, we believe that finding the right "prefab" coop makes sense for our family. We have done a bunch of searching and reading related to coops and it seems as if the search for the right coop, low cost, easy maintenance, sturdy enough to withstand the Cleveland winters, is akin to searching for the Holy Grail.
However, this morning my wife came across a coop on Pinterest (of all places) and I was hoping to get the opinion of this prestigious group. I have performed an extensive search online and here at BYC and cannot seem to find a truly honest appraisal of the coop design and construction. The coop is called "The Smart Coop" and is advertised at www.thesmartchickencoop.com. If we purchase it, we would probably get a run to go with it (which may end up being temporary until we build an extension ourselves), and the "addition".
Is there anyone out there who has seen or used this coop? Anyone else with more experience have any thoughts or concerns based on what you see?
Thanks in advance for your help! This is such a fantastic community and I am so glad you all are here...