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Hampel ultimate chicken coop

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by jennymacfarlane, Jul 22, 2019.

  1. jennymacfarlane

    jennymacfarlane In the Brooder

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    we put our 1st flock in the ultimate chicken coop about 2 months ago. 2 weeks later they were all dead killed by a possum in brooklyn. we made some reinforcements to the design, specifically the area where the run cover meets the coop and raised another flock of birds. these guys did not last a week. we have 9 dead chickens and a totally useless coop. stay far far away form this coop. it is very easy for predators to get in. ill be posting photos and more details soon. i want to make sure every single person who thinks about buying this coop knows of this serious design flaw. we are devastated and heartbroken. we have reached out to the company and have not heard anything back. its a shame. i would hope they would want to hear about our experience so they could improve the design and offer us a refund. its devastating to lose 2 whole flocks in such a short period of time and especially after all the hard work of raising them
     
  2. Eggscaping

    Eggscaping Enjoying Life!

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    Oh my gosh...! How hideous for you...so VERY sorry this happened!
    So many times here we see people asking about various pre-made coops/runs. Buyers believe what the packaging says, and/or the pretty pictures of happy chickens in the structures.
    Unfortunately, the sellers are in business for one thing...to make money as cheaply as possible. They will say "can house up to eight chickens" or some-such with a tiny little coop that you MIGHT want to hold 2 hens in. It's understandable that the consumer would expect whatever it says/shows on the carton or display to be accurate. And I've never seen anything on the box that indicates you might want to use extra materials to predator proof. Or anything about predators for that matter.
    However, (and welcome to the group, sorry it's under such a horrible start) there are a lot of really good ideas here for making a coop and run. Some are pretty cheap, too...just ordinary people putting together their own plan with free/scrounged/pallet types of wood.
    Good luck with trying to get the company to do what's right. I'm sure that some of them do. And please do post the pictures and show us which one you got. Some people here may have some really good suggestions for reinforcing the current coop against future attacks.
    Again, so sorry! If you still want to keep chickens, and I hope you do, then carry on. You can recover from this, and experience the joys after you get past this bad part!
    :hit :hugs:hugs:hugs
     
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  3. ButtonquailGirl14

    ButtonquailGirl14 Crossing the Road

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    So sorry:hit
     
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  4. Steven Bussell

    Steven Bussell Songster

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    You have came to the right place ..
    This community will do everything to help make life better for both the birds and keepers...
    Please post pictures when you can...
    You could be saving others from going through the same pain.
    Sorry for your lost
     
  5. EggWalrus

    EggWalrus Crowing

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    I've never heard of that brand before. I have also never seen any pre-fabricated coop that is predator proof or even remotely has enough space for the amount of birds they advertise. There may be a good one out there some where but I haven't seen it, yet. IMHO, your best bet would be to build one yourself from plans here. It's not that hard, you don't have to be a rocket scientist.
    I'm so sorry for your losses.
    Please don't let it discourage you into not keeping chickens, the joy that chickens bring are worth the little bit of pain of losing some now and then.
    Hang in there and Good Luck!
    :love:hugs:fl:thumbsup
     
  6. so lucky

    so lucky Crowing

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    So sorry your chickens were taken in such a horrible way. Hopefully you will get some good ideas and be able to built one that is truly predator proof, or at least reasonably so. It will take a while to research and built right, so don't rush it. (Many of us have bought the chicks then had a hard time getting the coop built in time) I'm glad you joined, and hope you find what you need here.
     
  7. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    My Coop
    This one?
    https://www.ultimatecoop.com/products/ultimate-chicken-coop

    Looking forward to seeing and reading about more details.
    Have you had chickens in other coops since you joined in 2015?
    Sorry for your losses. :(
     
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