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The ‘Cluckingham Palace’ is the right choice if you have more than six chickens that need to be confined temporarily and safely in the fully enclosed chicken run. If a chicken run is unnecessary, the ‘Waldorf Eggstoria’ model might be a better and cheaper selection.
The large hen-house comfortably sleeps up to twelve average chickens on four elevated roosts. Some hens prefer to sleep in the egg box instead. If you wish to prevent this, a nesting box access blocker can do this.
While the chicken roost, their poop will land in two droppings trays below. It is such an easy job to keep the hen house clean. Pull out the trays and scrape the droppings off with a spatula stored inside the eggbox. The poop is a superb addition to the compost.
The egg box contains four differently sized nesting compartments. Hens have not only personalities but also their individual preferences. Some want tight spaces, and others need room, so here they have options.
Up to seven hens share one nest, but the average is three birds to one nest. There is no congestion as they lay their eggs at different times during the day.
Egg collection is a breeze. Just lift the lid, hook it to the roof, and you have both hands free. To keep the chickens away from the nests while you are busy, drop in the nesting box access blocker.
You can reach every spot in the hen-house without effort. There is a hinged maintenance door on both sides above the droppings trays. The robust barrel locks can be padlocked should you see a reason to do so.
The ‘Cluckingham Palace’ has been designed to not overheat in full sun. Cool air draws into the henhouse from underneath, rises as it warms and exits through hidden ventilation slots in the roof.
The henhouse rests on a sturdy base that has been CCA pressure treated. This treatment makes it possible to survive for years without much deterioration, even if placed in mud.
We construct the chicken run with the same material, and it requires no maintenance.
All our chicken coops are on those elevated bases for two reasons. One is to provide a shady spot and offer rain protection to the girls. The second reason is with regards to rodents, should you be so unfortunate to have those around. The elevation keeps mice and rats out of the henhouse as there is no entry point from underneath. In addition, you could close the chicken access door and even unhook the ladder to fortify the palace.
The most effective prevention to attracting rodents to your coop is to have no food within reach. We highly recommend our ‘No Waste’ Chicken Feeder for this purpose.
The ‘Cluckingham Palace’ is good to sleep up to twelve chickens, but that does not mean that so many birds should remain inside the chicken run permanently. The run is intended to be a temporary holding pen only. However, we can enlarge the run to any size you deem fit. If you look closely at the pictured chicken run, you might notice that it consists of three sections. We can add any number of segments to arrive at a size that you like.
The standard chicken run has two access doors for maintenance purposes. A nifty optional extra is a small sliding door through which chickens can leave and return. No bigger animal will be able to get through, so the chicken run turns into a safe sanctuary for your hens if they need to get away from something. You, of course, can open and close the door as you please. This door comes in handy to let the flock out in the morning and lock them up for the night.
You will notice that we stay away from the customary chicken wire for many reasons. Instead, we use a robust, maintenance-free plastic mesh. It is costly, but it looks better and lasts a lifetime without changing its appearance.
Are you a prospective owner? New to raising chickens? Here is a clickable link to our free guide for the care of pet chickens that covers all the basics: Keeping Chicken 101
Need to chat? Call Uli 071 – 245 1658