Frequently Asked Questions
We get a lot of questions about our coops when people are considering a new chicken coop for their back yard. Here, we've compiled the most frequently asked questions in case you have the same wonderings.
If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact us by phone, or facebook - we're real people and always ready to help!
Our coops are designed from the ground up for strength along with good looks. Take a look at the construction details of our coops and compare to the look-alikes on the web. Our chicken coops are heavy - averaging 65 lbs per box shipped. We have rust-proof black hardware to prevent rusting, heavy gauge wire mesh on all the run as well as the doors and windows. Our chicken coops are stained with TWO COATS of BEHR Premium wood finish - the same product you would put on a wood deck that gets a lot of sun, water, and wear. We chose BEHR not only for its beautiful color and premium protection, and its availability across the US. Our chicken coops have supported nesting boxes. Other look-alikes have stripped many features to reduce the cost, including leaving the nesting boxes hanging out in the air. Wind, weather, and gravity will cause their nesting boxes to sag and ultimately fail - it just has to. Ours will not fail because they are supported and give extra space in the run for your chickens.
Unlike the mass-produced look-alike coops, we use high-quality, BEHR Premium wood finish in Redwood color. See Construction details for the exact product number. We chose BEHR Premium not only for its beautiful color, but for its premium weather protection properties. This is the same product used on wooden decks and structures that expect a lot of sun, water, and weather.
BEHR is an American brand found in the Home Depot, Lowes, ACE Hardware, and other quality paint stores across the US. You can rest assured that you'll be able to find the exact color when you want to apply another coat of protection. See the construction details page for the exact color.
Our coops are designed to with stand wind, the run extending under the nesting boxes ensures a more stable foundation. We recommend securing your coop to the ground using stakes is the most common method. Also, make sure the ground is level - this will help ensure a heavy wind doesn't affect the coop's stability.
Make sure that the waterer doesn't freeze as the chickens still need water. You can place a blanket on the out side of the coop for extra insulation (some of our families use the U-haul moving blankets). You can also use a tarp. Another common way to battle the colder temperatures is to put a corrugated plastic insert in each panel over the mesh. Heat lamps and heat pads are a great way to heat up the hen house or run as well. A ceramic pot or cinder block with a heat lamp inside also helps collect the heat from the lamp and radiate it better throughout the coop.
Our coops have multiple vents in the hen house, this air flow helps keep your girls healthy and reduces the temperature in the hen house. You can spray the ground with water and this will reduce their body temperature too. Sometimes we will give our girls frozen corn or something from the fridge to cool them down =) Most importantly, make sure you keep the waterer clean and full at all times.
We recommend you place the coop in the highest area of your property if you expect standing water. Remember, chicken coops are made of wood and standing water is the enemy. We have coated your coop with TWO coats of BEHR Premium wood finish for maximum protection - but remember that weather will always affect the wood, so keep an eye on the wood and reapply stain, oil, or wood finish whenever it looks dry. Spring is a great time to do this. Keeping the wood finish on your coop will make it last for many years.
Dry weather isn't as hard on the chicken coop, but the sun itself will cause the color to fade over time. Just make sure to reapply the wood finish whenever the wood looks like it needs it to keep the wood fresh and strong. Also, make sure you keep your waterer clean and filled. In the summer or hot/dry weather, your chickens will go through water much faster. For the first few weeks, keep a watch on the waterer to gauge how fast your chickens go through the water, that way you can create a schedule and rest assured they have plenty of water between visits to your coop.
Absolutely, the best type is the kind you can place under the coop and remove after moving. Keeping the coop flush with the ground is essential to protect against predators. You can definitely move it though without wheels!
Absolutely! When you choose your paint color be sure that you choose a exterior paint. Also, let the pain cure for at least a day before moving your girls back in (if possible). As with any outdoor wooden furniture piece, you will need to maintain your coop. Depending on the weather conditions, you will want to paint/lacquer the coop was well as tighten screws etc. every 4-6 months.