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Is the eglu cube really as good as it seems?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by RW19290, Nov 11, 2008.

  1. RW19290

    RW19290 Songster

    Oct 1, 2008
    Southern California
    Has anyone here bought an eglu from omlet or eglu cube? Is their sevice good? Is it easy to move? And, most importantly, is it worth it? Thanks!![​IMG] ~Ruby
  2. EweSheep

    EweSheep Flock Mistress

    Jan 12, 2007
    Land of Lincoln
  3. Shared Acres

    Shared Acres Songster

    Aug 10, 2008
    Northeast Fla
    I don't have one. Some people on here hate it--not that they have one, they just think they are over priced.

    I've heard that the people who do have one seem to love them.

    To me, it seems kind of cute, even has a little matching egg collector.

    If you have the money and want something small--sure get it!
  4. Namaste Mama

    Namaste Mama Songster

    Sep 18, 2008
    The Egglu seems to be a hot topic here. I don't own one, mostly because I couldn't afford one and because I am in the desert and anything plastic gets ruined very quickly. I would say if it fits your needs go for it, just make sure you research all your options first so you know your getting what you need. If you only plan on having a couple chickens an Egglu seems like it would be fine, but I think this chickens thing is quickly addictive and if you catch the bug your in trouble, because you'll need more space LOL.
  5. LindaN

    LindaN Songster

    Jul 28, 2007
    I have 2 Eglus and they have worked very well for me.

    I got my first Eglu last year and raised 3 hens in it. I think the Eglu is a great coop for someone who wants to get started in keeping 2-3 chickens but does not have the time or skills to build a coop. It has been a safe and cozy home for my hens.

    Last summer, I got another Eglu and more chickens. So, I now have 2 Eglus housing a total of 6 chickens.

    My chickens do get to roam a larger area than just what is provided inside the Eglu run, however. I think if more than 2 standard chickens are raised in an Eglu they need more room to move about.

    Here's a photo of what I'm currently doing. I have my 2 Eglus inside a larger run which the chickens are allowed to walk around in.

  6. Y'know, I have to say that Linda's experience is what I've read here on BYC from people who actually own Eglu's; the negative comments tend to come from people who don't own one and I daresay have perhaps never even seen one in person.

  7. hennypenny9

    hennypenny9 Songster

    Quote:I don't own one, but once I did email Omlet to ask about buying just the Eglu with no run (I want a MUCH larger run) and they replied very quickly. So I'd say the customer service is good. [​IMG] Still too rich for my blood, but oh well.

    (Let's try not to get this thread locked, shall we?)
  8. PurpleChicken

    PurpleChicken Tolerated.....Mostly

    Apr 6, 2007
    I don't own one but I think they are a great idea. They may be pricey
    but what isn't? They are cool looking too.

    I'd like one to keep a few more silkies in.
  9. angels4

    angels4 Songster

    I have an orange Eglu (3 - 4 std breeds) and am waiting for the arrival of my matching cube (up to 10 std breeds).
    Here are some pictures of my Eglu.

    Here is a shot of it apart for a good cleaning.

    The Omlet customer service is fantastic. Anytime I've evre had a question or concern my inquires are answered within 24 hours, sometimes sooner and that is with a 5 hour time difference. Get and Eglu, you will LOVE it.

    If you need any information, please pm me Everything I learned about chickens I've learned on the OmletUK forum, check it out, ask some questions.
    Last edited: Nov 12, 2008
  10. driver

    driver Songster

    Nov 12, 2008
    I got a regular Eglu this spring. I think it was too expensive, but here's why I bought it anyway:

    1. My 7 year old son REALLY wanted chickens, but I didn't really want more animals to be responsible for (I already had 4 horses, 2 dogs, and a 7 year old human). The eglu seemed like it would be pretty easy to take care of, and that my son would be able to do a lot of the work himself. I liked the idea of easy to clean plastic and the slide out tray.

    2. I really didn't feel like putting fence posts up in my rocky soil, and liked the idea of being able to move it around. I also don't have tons of free time so liked that it was a ready-made system with everything included.

    We have two chickens in it - a Cuckoo Maran, and what TSC calls a "Gold Sex Link". Customer service was very good but the shipping method was kind of a pain because you have to go pick it up at a Greyhound station, which for me is 1/2 hour away.

    It is fairly easy for one person to move when you lighten it up by taking the cover off the coop part. I learned the hard way that the skirts on the run should be staked down - something ate one of our chicks the second day they were out and had gotten her by going under the flap (luckily I found a replacement chicken of about the same age on craigslist). A couple of the plastic clips which hold the run together have broken from being moved, but they sent quite a few extra. When I run out, I'll switch to something a little tougher. My son can handle the food, water and egg gathering himself, and I take the lead on cleaning and moving, but make him help with both. Overall, I've been pretty happy with the eglu.

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