Orpington Lodge Hen House – Chicken Coop for 6 Chickens
Hen house capacity? We say it's a chicken coop for 6 chickens but you could have more based on a few factors to consider:
- What breed are you getting?
- Are you able to let them free range?
We recommend taking a look at the measurements and seeing what you feel comfortable with. Keep in mind the chickens share nesting boxes and stand side by side on the roosting rods!
The Orpington Lodge Hen House is solid! You can take comfort in knowing that your hens are safe from harmful predators in this strong high-quality built backyard chicken coop. Tongue and groove construction, quality hardware, designed by a family that has backyard chickens. Easy to clean and maintain with a sliding plastic poop tray (metal over time runs with the strength of chicken poop), a sliding door to secure your hens at night, large nesting boxes with easy access, additional roosting rods etc. This hen house is being sold separately in case you want to expand your setup or in case you already have a run extension.
Since they are made of wood and will be outside 24/7, we STRONGLY recommend that you stain, lacquer or paint your wooden chicken coop. The stain applied is a base coat that is not designed to protect your coop long-term from the elements. Often in transit parts can get dinged or scratched etc. You may need to touch up your coop before staining or painting it! Once set up we recommend anchoring it down, this can be as simple as a stake on each side of the hen house and run area.
If you're interested in other accessories for your coop, consider our chicken waterer for consistent hydration, chicken coop heater for year-round warmth, and the predator proof chicken coop kit to further enhance the security of your hens.
Easy Assembly Instructions (Note we have since the video was made added an additional door below each hen house for ease of cleaning)
Dimensions: 28.5”long x 55″wide x 57.5″tall.
A few additional points to consider:
- Our coop has additional vents providing excellent airflow in the hen house.
- Each panel has four additional diagonal wooden support pieces
- Prop open LOCKING side vent windows (most coops sold online have sliding windows)
- We use a heavy plastic flashing that secures above both nesting box roof panels
- Each roof panel has a heavy plastic liner to insulate and further weatherproof
- We use strong wire mesh with small holes to keep predators out
- We use heavy-duty hardware
- EVERY piece is labeled and our instructions are thorough and written by us =)
- We sell hen houses and runs separately allowing you to customize and expand your set up
- A lot of coop space: Hen House: 55 inches wide 29 inches long, 3 roosting rods, 15 inches of clearance under the hen house etc.
- THICK nesting box dividers
- Well constructed ladder
- Sliding door to keep your hens safe during the night
- Doors under each nest box for easy access to the space under the hen house. This allows for easy cleaning and for letting the girls in and out.
Since they are made of wood and will be outside 24/7, we STRONGLY recommend that you stain, lacquer or paint your coop. The stain applied is a base coat that is not designed to protect your coop long-term from the elements. Often in transit parts can get dinged or scratched etc. You may need to touch up your coop before staining or painting it! Once set up we recommend anchoring it down, this can be as simple as a stake on each side of the hen house and run area.
As much as we have tried to predator-proof our coops, you know your area best and you may want to put wire chicken wire or preferably hardware cloth around your coop, or put pavers. You'll always want to double-check hardware and latches to make sure everything is tight and secure. For larger predators like bears you will want to look at installing an electric fence around the perimeter.
Box 1 of 2 Hen House: 48x5x30 (48 Pounds)
Box 2 of 2 Hen House: 32x7x43 (54 Pounds)
The Orpington lodge handles extreme weather like a champ. Its roof and nesting box panels are waterproof and it has extra touches like the clear flashing at the nesting box hinge to ensure things stay dry. Its tongue and groove panels with dowel joints bring extra strength to the coop and its heavy-duty stainless steel hardware will stand the test of time.
The last thing you want when you're raising chickens is a wet, muddy chicken coop or run. Place your coop in the driest area possible, ideally with a small slope so water will run off. Sunlight is great as it will help keep the ground dry, but some summer shade is ideal. Placing the coop away from your neighbors can help ensure good relations. Also, don't put it too close to your house to avoid noise and smells but it's good to have it conveniently close so you can monitor your backyard flock and collect those fresh eggs.
The Orpington Lodge is made of wood and will be outside 24/7 so we STRONGLY recommend that you stain, lacquer or paint your wooden chicken coop. The stain applied is a base coat and is not designed to protect your coop long-term from the elements. Keeping the wood painted or sealed is one of the keys to making sure your chicken coop has a long and productive life. If you need some inspiration head over to our reviews page to see how others have made their coops look amazing.
Great news! Your coop has been pre-assembled in flat panels that simply need to be bolted together with a screwdriver and wrench. All cutting, gluing, stapling, finishing, and hardware installation have already been done for you. Assembly takes about 2 hours but this is also the best time to paint your coop to make sure you preserve the wood. It's also a great time to put your personal style on your coop as chickens love a stylish home.
It's not hard to move the Orpington Lodge but you'll need a few sets of hands to do so. We recommend you stake the Orpington Lodge down so assuming you did that you'll need to remove the stakes and then pick up and move the lodge. If you'll be moving it a lot you can mount wheels to it. Please see our FAQ in this section on the placement of your chicken coop and the enclosed run if you purchased one.