A couple of bits of advice for you, culled from our experience. Firstly, when they say that the coop will fit 3 chickens, be aware that they probably mean jammed up tight! Our 3-4 bird coop actually would have been better with 2 girls. The three we had we felt were too crowded and the run was severely cramped once it had a feeder and water bottle in it.
Secondly, imagine cleaning it out. The attached run on mine proved to be almost impossible to clean without employing a three year old to climb into it! The coop area was similar, with me only being able to get one arm into it. I am only 5ft 3 in. Hubby is 6ft 4in so he has no chance at all.
We now have a garden shed (7'x5') with a pop hole cut in the side for the girls to use. We can store our feed and all the paraphernalia in there and I get to stand up to clean it out! Furthermore, there was room for more birds when we got them.
Their run is made of tall wire mesh which we got off ebay so they get to wander during the day, buried into the ground and with a surround of paving slabs. We are still working out the best flooring for the run but at the moment it is severely soggy with wood chippings, despite having a roof to the run. Our girls get a secure run during the day and when we are home, they are let loose to fertilise what will be the veg plot. During the growing season, the actual veg plot will be fenced off them, as are the flower parts of my garden as my girls can read price tags and eat accordingly!
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Last edited by parcher; 31-12-2010 at 17:37.
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