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Re: Yesterday's scouting mission for coops.

Posted: 09 May 2014, 09:25
by MamaOwl
You could always win a competition.. lmao... buy a shed and have it delivered and meanwhile print off a letter saying CONGRATULATIONS.. you've won a shed!

ok perhaps not

Re: Yesterday's scouting mission for coops.

Posted: 09 May 2014, 10:31
by CP
I like your way of thinking MamaOwl......very sneaky! :-$ :lol:

Re: Yesterday's scouting mission for coops.

Posted: 09 May 2014, 16:34
by PixieDust
This sounds good! :thumbright:

I did say I could try to win a coop but he didn't like the idea of "a lump of plastic" in the garden.

But this I like - very much :sunny:

Re: Yesterday's scouting mission for coops.

Posted: 09 May 2014, 19:20
by MamaOwl
Try a different approach..

"Darling, I've been looking at the Ebay type coops and they look SOOOOOOO trashy and chavvy... is there a way... in your EXPERT landscape view... that we could have a coop that didn't look so coop like?...you know.. like a nice, painted, pretty shed..?... by the way.. I think tonight is a b*** j** night isn't it?"

and then leave the room....

Re: Yesterday's scouting mission for coops.

Posted: 11 May 2014, 16:58
by PixieDust
Found this and he has not said no.

http://www.moorlandspoultry.co.uk the Swinford pen. We can raise it. Any good?

Re: Yesterday's scouting mission for coops.

Posted: 11 May 2014, 20:03
by MamaOwl
funny chap... it's almost a shed! Just really pricey! ...bless

http://www.moorlandspoultry.co.uk/product/swinford-pen/

Re: Yesterday's scouting mission for coops.

Posted: 11 May 2014, 20:41
by jillychick
I've got to agree with mama owl, a bit pricey for the coop, nest box optional extra? What's that about? Err hens lay eggs what's the point of a chicken coop without a nest box? But it looks sturdy enough and they have got the roofing right for a change. It's looks better than some I've seen. Do you want it for LF or bantams? It holds 4/5 birds what size?

Re: Yesterday's scouting mission for coops.

Posted: 11 May 2014, 22:01
by 3441sussex
PixieDust wrote:Found this and he has not said no.

http://www.moorlandspoultry.co.uk the Swinford pen. We can raise it. Any good?
This coop looks fine for 3 or 4 chicken. If you don't raise it up rats could take up residence underneath. I don't know if you intend to move your house around but I put my chicken houses on pallets and attach industrial casters so that I can move them easily so I don't keep them in the same place. The hens also like sheltering under the houses (from rain and sun) and dig out dustbaths under them as well. I have 2 runs adjacent to each other and move the hens and their houses from one run to the other every two or three weeks or when necessary.

Re: Yesterday's scouting mission for coops.

Posted: 11 May 2014, 23:57
by PixieDust
To be honest, I have seen coops far more expensive than that and not so sturdy looking. I don't understand the external box thing either but there you go. I may find something else in my travels. He still prefers the cheaper ones so I may still go elsewhere. I actually am getting fed up with not finding anything in the price range. I would be happy to knock something up but he says he doesn't have the patience for it. He fails to hear the word "I".

Re: Yesterday's scouting mission for coops.

Posted: 12 May 2014, 08:20
by jillychick
He sounds a lot like my o/h " glass half empty"!! I usually go so far with him then shut up for a while then he comes in from work and the jobs done!! Quote... "it just happened, I had the opportunity so......" what my hubby likes is a bargain a good price, I elaborate on that.... if only he new :lol:

Re: Yesterday's scouting mission for coops.

Posted: 12 May 2014, 11:30
by PixieDust
Seems this is a duck house or chicken coop so the nest box is an optional extra. Again found loads of places that do it, some more expensive than others. Says it takes 4-5 standard hens, some places say 6.

Re: Yesterday's scouting mission for coops.

Posted: 12 May 2014, 13:21
by rutlandH20
OP, if your OH is looking for aesthetics, why not go down the road of a converted Wendy house? We have 3 and they have proved very attractive and adaptable for the hens. True, we did have to make pop holes and perches, but the outcome has been wonderful. And, they've tweaked our creative juices! There are so many different sizes and shapes, there's bound to be something that would suit hubby's, and your, fancy. I'll try and post a few pictures. If you go on ebay and search for Wendy house or children's playhouse, there are no end of choices. We went with wood. I think plastic would be too cold in the winter.

Forgot to mention, we made indoor nest boxes for our larger houses, and had an exterior next box attached to the smaller house. Your builder friend could do it for you in no time.

Re: Yesterday's scouting mission for coops.

Posted: 13 May 2014, 12:15
by PixieDust
Thanks for that useful info Rutland.

**BREAKTHROUGH** Saw the Pets at Home advert with all the pets including a chook. I said I had forgotten some sell coops and he said "I have had rabbit hutches from there that fall apart in a couple of months. Cheap foreign rubbish".

I just gave that look and he said he knew.

Re: Yesterday's scouting mission for coops.

Posted: 13 May 2014, 12:58
by MamaOwl
AHA!!!

Re: Yesterday's scouting mission for coops.

Posted: 25 May 2014, 00:59
by PixieDust
OK after my planting of seeds these are the two on the shortlist:

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/230572781267? ... 1423.l2649

Pros: Roof comes off completely. Allegedly the ventilation is in the roof. Slightly cheaper overall. Onduline roof.

Cons: Only 6ft sq. space but 9ft sq with nest box. No images of the inside and when I emailed them they said they had no inside images and no offer to send any, which on eBay is weird. Pop hole side slide. Requires pop hole bolt.

Or

http://www.moorlandspoultry.co.uk/product/swinford-pen/

http://www.littleacre-direct.co.uk/acat ... ford_.html

Pros: Hinged opening sloping roof for access. Just over 8ft sq, (10.77 ft sq with nest box). Recently updated model. Onduline roof. Pop hole up/down slide

Cons: Static ventilation, (not difficult to modify in colder weather). Requires pop hole bolt.

This has taken hours of searching the net beyond the first few pages on Google. I am quite taken with the Swinford Pen and think it is probably worth the money. Himself has taken this on board and accepts around £200 is going to get a decent house which is reasonably made.

I have decided the best way to go about things is to sell some stuff and buy some weld mesh wire myself. Even if the run is just double thickness chicken wire, if I have enough weld mesh wire to go even 3ft up the sides, this will offer more protection and he will not have paid for it. I am going to use my dog's plastic carry case with, as somebody mentioned, broken bricks in initially, as the sin bin. I may venture into making one in due course.

I now have my Haynes Chicken manual. Very interesting read but also adds to Himself's reading material. He trust's Haynes from our car fixing days!

Went to see my friend the other day who have a Light Sussex, a Bluebell, (or variant thereof), and a Quail. Along with bunnies and guinea pigs all living in the same area lol. Anyhoo, she mentioned the Light Sussex produced better eggs than the Bluebelle. Don't know if that is a general thing or just down to the individual bird.

OK I shall away to bed now. :smt015