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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeOct 27th, 2015 2:59pm (Oct 27th 2015) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    You might have noticed our quite striking chicken coop, it's one of the new breed of plastic coops which promise easier cleaning, better insulation and better protection against the dreaded red-mite.

    There are a few plastic coops available now - most seem to be quite expensive! We originally looked at Omlet's Cube, but it was ruled out when we realised how tiny it was (all of Omlet's coops/runs/cages are really small - their chicken runs always have either bantams or pullets in them - no fully grown hens! This is more than a bit naughty :( They also say they are suitable for 6-10 birds! What kind, finches?!)

    We were really impressed by Green Frog Designs as they show real, large grown hens in their product images! Scarlet astutely pointed out that they were the only ones doing this. They also specify the number of hens suitable for the wagon by quoting Poultry Club of Great Britain Guidelines and even say they prefer using Soil Association Guidelines as it offers more space per bird - this is so refreshing after seeing other's ridiculous quotes for how many birds you can cram in their tiny enclosures...

    The Chicken Wagon coop was ordered mid-day and arrived the very next morning - delivery was free and certainly very fast! The guys at Green Frog were brilliant too - friendly and helpful.

    You end up with several huge various sized boxes, opening them up reveals lots of large bits of plastic and small pieces and a rather daunting instruction leaflet. We laid everything out on the lawn (luckily the weather was fine) and went through the instructions identifying the bits and pieces so that when we came to actually make it we might have a better idea of what we were doing. They seemed pretty clear (they must have been or we'd have gone wrong!) and taking it slowly and carefully we had no problems - even having to build the wagon inside their coop as the final build wouldn't have fit through the door!

    I had useful help whilst building it (thanks to my nephew Joe!) - it eventually took us about 7 hours to completely build.

    After using it for several weeks, I'm still impressed by the chicken wagon. It's huge - I mean huge - it says it's suitable for 6 large hens but our 6 various sized can all roost on ONE of the perches - there are three in total!

    The wagon is pre-setup for the Chicken Guard automatic door opener - this is amazingly well designed as you don't have to worry about setting it up, it's literally fit and forget, no more worrying about getting up to let the hens out, or secure them at night.

    The nest boxes are designed in a way so that the eggs roll away from the hens to aid collection and to help prevent hens eating their eggs (after having a naughty hen who did this, this is another brilliant touch).

    The inside of the chicken wagon can be pressure-washed to clean it, and there is practically nowhere for mites to hide - the lack of seams and joins you'd find in wooden coops is great.

    It also looks fab on hencam - we really like the unusual design and style!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeOct 27th, 2015 11:07pm (Oct 27th 2015)
     
    It does look good, and seems like it was built and designed by someone who knows about hens! Very unusual too!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 28th, 2015 9:55pm (Oct 28th 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Posted By: neilit's one of the new breed of plastic coops which promise easier cleaning, better insulation and better protection against the dreaded red-mite.

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    We were really impressed byGreen Frog Designsas they show real, large grown hens in their product images! They also specify the number of hens suitable for the wagon by quoting Poultry Club of Great Britain Guidelines and even say they prefer using Soil Association Guidelines as it offers more space per bird - this is so refreshing after seeing other's ridiculous quotes for how many birds you can cram in their tiny enclosures...

    .....

    It's huge - I mean huge - it says it's suitable for 6 large hens but our 6 various sized can all roost on ONE of the perches - there are three in total!

    Those are my favourite things about the wagon...along with how it looks, of course. Very impressive :)
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeOct 29th, 2015 1:48pm (Oct 29th 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Sorry man I meant to give you credit for noticing that - completely forgot rushing to write it - sorry!

    But yes you are definitely right, most other animal housing sellers (cough Omlet cough) showed their (tiny) coops with bantams or very young/pullets in them to try and 'big them up'... We saw a Cube (their largest coop/run) and was horrified that they say it can house 10 chickens!

    So for Green Frog to proudly show their chicken wagon with a fully-grown Brahma is wonderfully refreshing and honest (and we know how big those buggers can grow!) - and they are equally honest and ethical about the number of hens it can house.