- Apr 3, 2013
I live in Hawaii at 2500’ elevation. It gets up to 90 in the summer and down to 45 in the winter - no frost but lots of wind and mist. I don’t know how comparable it is to where you live. We do have predators in the form of hawks, mongoose and goats that can bust through chicken wire. I built my first coop out of a large shipping box (8’x4’) and it’s ugly but functioned for 4 chickens. I added a very large run around it for 10 chickens and a turkey.As I am sure you are aware, I am such a newby to the chicken arena that I haven’t even gotten my first chicken yet! I have been studying coops. Now, since I am just beginning, isn’t it okay if I purchase a cute little coop, or do you really have to build one?? Honestly, I would much rather buy one! A builder I ain’t!! And, I would like to the the beginning of this new adventure as simple as possible for me! Now, since I have all that outta the way, which brand is best?
I hope I am not becoming a bother! I want to be successful when I do actually get a chicken! And thank you for all of your help!
recently I decided to switch from Jungle fowl to some purebreds. I wanted something that was easy to clean and keep mites at bay and secure. I bought the Formex Snap and Lock large size. It was pricey but I have 6 large girls now. They all fit with ample space. It literally took me 15 minutes to assemble and I love it! I added a run with wheels on it for a “tractor” that I can move around the lawn. With only 3 hens the small Snap and Lock would be big enough. The instructions have diagrams on how to build a base to fit it. You could easily add a small run on to it. Pintrest has tons of ideas for this. I agree with the others, you want to make sure you have your investment safe from predators and fit within the city guidelines. It’s well worth investing in them because the eggs and affection you get back is amazing! Good luck.
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