The ‘Nkandla XL’ is ideal for sleeping up to six average-sized chickens that occasionally require the security of a chicken run. However, if the chickens cannot roam outside the chicken run, no more than three hens should occupy this coop.
If you wish to move the coop, the mobile ‘Tractor‘ model is your choice.
The ‘Villa‘ might be better suited if an attached chicken run is not required.
If you want a more spacious chicken run, the ‘Kardashi-Hens‘ is ideal.
If you have more than six chickens, consider the ‘Cluckingham Palace‘.
There are two roosts of slightly different thicknesses. Some hens believe that thicker is better; others disagree. There is enough space for three average-sized chickens to sleep comfortably on each perch.
Their nightly droppings end up in the cleaning tray below, which you can pull out and empty. It is gold for your compost heap if you have one. Keeping the coop clean is a breeze.
Retrieving their other gold, the eggs is a more rewarding task. On average, three hens share one nest, which can even be up to seven birds. Of course, the ladies don’t squeeze in simultaneously; they lay their eggs at different times.
Again, the sizes of the two nesting compartments differ as some hens prefer space, and others want it tight, so they have options, too.
If you want to deny the hens access to the eggbox, you can do so with a blocker panel. Reasons could be that you want to prevent hens from becoming broody or don’t like them to sleep in the egg box. Another handy tool is a poop scraper, which helps clean the droppings tray and the nests.
Chicken Access Door:
The chickens enter the hen-house over a detachable ladder and a lockable sliding door. With the Nkandla, you don’t need to open and close this door mornings and evenings unless you want to. Chickens do their own thing anyway and enter and leave when it’s time.
The chicken run should only be a temporary holding pen; it is not a permanent enclosure for many chickens. If you need to keep them inside for extended periods, you might want to look at the Kardashi-Hens chicken coop. The henhouse is like the Nkandla’s, but the chicken run is double the size.
We assemble our chicken runs with modular components; the standard is three modules. If you prefer a different chicken run size than our standard, we can add as many modules as you want.
On the other hand, if you don’t need a chicken run, the Villa model is probably a better and more economical option.
A top-quality chicken coop cannot be built for cheap, especially if it must be of good service for many years. We don’t cut corners by using inferior or inexpensive materials, and it has to be the best available materials in South Africa. The same applies to construction methods. For example, we use modern joinery techniques from Europe and the US that are barely known here.
For the Chicken Run:
We don’t use the standard chicken wire for any of our chicken runs as it rusts, turns brittle and unsightly and becomes a danger for chickens and children. Instead, we use a much better-looking, robust plastic mesh that will not change its appearance in our lifetime.
The hinges are stainless steel, the bolts galvanised, and the screws zink coated and rust-resistant, all durable components.
The framework of the chicken run and the base of the henhouse are made of CCA pressure-treated pine, which can withstand years of mud without deteriorating.
For the Henhouse:
The henhouse is made with solid pine, not particleboard or plywood. We treat the pine with the top marine-grade timber sealer available on the market, the same stuff protecting oceangoing wooden hull vessels. The manufacturer recommends three coats; we apply four. A few optional additions are available for this chicken coop that you might find practical.
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