They have several designs, most of which come in different sizes. The one we are reviewing is the Chicken Lodge Medium, large enough for four to five hens or up to seven bantams.
There’s a lot to like about this coop, besides the fact that it’s recycled. The fact that it is made primarily from 9mm thick recycled polyethylene (roofs and nest box lids are 6mm) gives it a lot of pluses in the maintenance department: it’s not going to rot; cleaning, especially if you have a good hose, is going to easy, and unlike wood will dry quickly too. From a health point of view, red mites don’t find plastic a particularly homely environment, so you’ll have much less trouble than with a wooden coop (and if you do have a wooden coop – get rid of any felting because that’s where they love to hang out – when not on your hens.)
Another other feature we like, and one we keep going on about a lot recently, is that you have the chance to buy this with an automatic door. If you want to know the benefits of this check out our post: ‘How to let your chickens out without getting out of bed.’ But basically not getting one is like buying a TV without a remote control.
As would be expected in any coop we found worthy enough to review, it has a heap of ergonomic design elements for the chicken keeper. With regard to cleaning, accessing the birds and getting to the nesting boxes, everything is easy.It has 2 removable perches, the pop hole door is designed so that it won’t trap dirt in the door slots (or your hens!) and there’s a full-width back door which detaches completely in seconds with the use of quick release pins. To grab your breakfast remove two more quick release pins to lift off the nesting box lid and you can remove the box fully to shower it down.
With regard to protection from the elements, there’s permanent under-eave ventilation, as well as circular vents that can be adjusted according to the weather and season. The chicken coop is built on legs, so it’s not affected by conditions on the ground that can lead to overheating of overcooling and the house remains cool, even in direct sunshine.
And as for the pests of the carnivorous variety, the plastic is a tough and strong material that animals with sharp teeth and claws would have as much trouble getting into as they would any wooden coop. Mice who like to gnaw would perhaps have more opportunity to cause damage.
One final and surprising little attention to detail comes in the fact that it has carry handles cut into the roof. Another benefit of plastic is that it is lightweight, so it is easy to move around your garden – a useful feature if you want to put them in a more sheltered spot or they have grazed part of your lawn to a desert and it’s time to let the grass grow back. For those who might struggle to carry the house, it’s designed to be completely dismantled and rebuilt.
- Overall Dimensions: 106 (w) x 100 (h) x 137 (d) cm (including ramp, roof overhang and nest boxes)
- House Dimensions: 78 (w) x 100 (h) x 100 (d) cm (excluding ramp, roof overhang and nest boxes)
- Internal Floorspace: 59 (w) x 80 (d) cm (excluding nest boxes)
- Nest Boxes: 2, each 28 (w) x 23-30 (h) x 30 (d) cm (internal measurement)
- Ground Clearance: 22.5cm
- Perches: 2 perches, each 59cm usable length
- The Chicken Lodge Medium is available with different coloured roofs and nesting box lids: green, blue, yellow or black.
- You can also purchase with or without the automatic door.
- Lots of accessories available
- Chicken Lodge Small and Chicken Lodge versions besides other designs.
This version currently retails at £360 (inc Vat) Delivery in the UK and ROI is free.
For more information visit Green Frog Designs