Tuf-Climate Coop Reviews

Chicken D's mom

In the Brooder
10 Years
Sep 17, 2009
80
2
39
Wow! Luxery chicken condo! I would love it for my chickens but I'm afraid they would be living in a better house than me and my daughter. lol.

I like it. If you can afford it, go for it!
 

patandchickens

Flock Mistress
12 Years
Apr 20, 2007
12,520
345
341
Ontario, Canada
I dunno, the point escapes me. For that price <picks self up off floor!> you could buy a nice and *much much larger* prefab shed and chainlink kennel panels, to give your chickens 4x (or more) the space and be just as winterized as those things are.

Wowie.

I suppose if a person wants something tractor-style there might be some concieveable appeal, except that it is hard to winter chickens very well IN a tractor-sized coop in a severe winter climate, and if you WERE using one of those coops in, say, Minnesota, you sure as heck would not want to be putting anywhere near as many chickens as their "holds up to..." numbers.

JMHO,

Pat
 
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Kittymomma

Songster
10 Years
Sep 9, 2009
3,873
31
204
Olympia, WA
I dunno, the point escapes me. For that price <picks self up off floor!> you could buy a nice and *much much larger* prefab shed and chainlink kennel panels, to give your chickens 4x (or more) the space and be just as winterized as those things are.

Ditto! And unless you're planning on keeping bantams their maximum number of birds is probably too many for the space. If you really like the look of it how about seeing if a local handyman or the highschool shop kids could build something similar? You could have it made the size you want, include any handy features you're interested in and most likely spend less money.​
 

TcherDawn

Granite State Chook
10 Years
Jan 30, 2009
256
4
131
Prescott, AZ
I see the Ice Shield version, and I don't think in the states that they show we would need the plexiglass window, because it would be buried in snow. We have feet of snow here in NH, and it would have to be seriously elevated not to get the 2+ feet of snow plus 4 feet drifts completely covering it. Might be good for temperate climates for hardware challenged folks?
 

poultrypatch

Songster
10 Years
Aug 15, 2009
282
6
121
Rochester
Just looking at the pic of the coop in question. My hubby...the "enabler" called me yesterday morning and told me about a local coop he saw for sale.
I thought it was sorta weird looking....was about 4 x 8 and it was built on a trailer so it had wheels back and front and looked like you could hook it up to a car, mower etc to move around. No yard with it. Was built low...as for the roof hight..but was up off ground a few feet.
They had a price on it of $300.00. I thought that was outrageous !!! But perhaps not. If anybody reading this is interested it's located in Lakeville, Ma Phone number is: 508 - 947 -7080 So, any locals looking ???
Liz
Rochester, MA
 

Momo

Songster
11 Years
Mar 16, 2008
373
25
151
Nelson BC
Holy Hannah, the prices are high! Plus I agree with others that it's tiny (capacity here seems to mean how many chickens you can physically stuff into it) and so low to the ground that it would get buried in snow and be incredibly difficult to access to look after the girls. Personally I'd suggest using the money to buy a wooden garden shed that you can stand up in, then just extend the roofline and make 'em a nice big roofed run. Hey presto - instant big, easy, all weather coop.
 

KatyTheChickenLady

Bird of A Different Feather
11 Years
Dec 20, 2008
5,146
26
251
Boise, Idaho
How extreme is your climate in TN? I think it looks really nice, but I think you could probably hire someone to build you one for about half that price. That said it IS really nice looking.
 

CoyoteMagic

RIP ?-2014
12 Years
Apr 20, 2007
7,459
38
283
only the shadow knows.....
I think you could find someone local who could build you something much nicer and larger for less money. One is 4x6 and says that it houses up to 12 chickens. 12 is double of what that thing can hold. I'd say 5 max.

It's nice but It's waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay over priced.
 

juliect

Songster
10 Years
Jul 9, 2009
606
4
131
Niota, TN
One thing I have learned is to take the "holds up to" number and cut it in half on commercially made coops (they must have really small chickens)

East TN weather is moderate. Summers can get hot (95-99 degrees), but Winters are usually mild. I can't fathom snowfall that is measured in feet...just 3 inches of snow shuts East Tennessee down for days & is considered a blizzard
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I need to go to the Amish community in Delano and see what they offer now. Everytime I go, the coops they sell seem to get a little bigger & more well-thought-out. When I first started my chicken venture in the Spring, the coops they offered were TINY, a couple of months ago they had a much nicer, bigger coop for sale.

Thanks for all the feedback everyone!
 

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