Chicken Coop ‘Nkandla XL’


(4 customer reviews)

Capacity: 2 – 6 average-sized chickens
Free-Ranging: Controlled by the owner
Availability: In stock
Please scroll to the bottom for Technical Details, Optional Extras and a short Video.

Upsize Model: ‘Tractor’ and ‘Kardashi-Hens’
Downsize Model: None available

We courier this coop flat-packed to SA metros at no charge.
The re-assembly is straightforward and done by one person in 45 to 60 minutes.
No extra tools and no DIY expertise is required.

We deliver and set up in Cape Town and its immediate surroundings at no cost.

Transit Lead Time:
Cape Town: Same or next business day delivery.
SA metros: Average of three business days.
SA rural: Three to five business days.

Payment Methods:
EFT, Visa and Mastercard.

This chicken coop model, the ‘Nkandla XL’, is for you if you have up to six chickens that need to be confined within a secure chicken run for short times, like overnight.

The maximum number of six is dictated by the available sleeping space and the number of nesting compartments inside the hen-house.


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.


A more rewarding task is retrieving their other gold, the eggs. Three hens share one nest on average, but it can even be seven birds. Of course, the ladies don’t squeeze in there simultaneously; they lay their eggs at different times of the day.
Again, the sizes of the two nesting compartments differ as some hens prefer space, others want it tight, so here 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.

There is another handy tool: a poop scraper, which helps clean out the droppings tray and the nests.


The chickens enter the hen-house over a detachable ladder and a lockable sliding door. With the Nkandla, there is no need for you 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 be a temporary holding pen only; it is not a permanent enclosure for so many chickens. If you need to keep them inside for more extended periods, you might want to have a look at the Kardashi-Hens chicken coop. The hen-house is as the Nkandla’s, but the chicken run is double the size.

We assemble our chicken runs with modular components. Here we have three modules. If you have a different chicken run size in mind 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 cheaper option.


A top quality chicken coop cannot be built for cheap, especially if it has to be of good service for many years to come. We don’t cut corners by using inferior or inexpensive materials, and it has to be the best that is available to us in South Africa. The same applies to construction methods. For example, we use a joinery technique from the US that is barely known here.

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.
The material for the framework of the chicken run and the base of the hen-house is CCA pressure-treated pine, and it can stand even in mud for years without deteriorating much.

The hen-house is made with solid pine, not with particleboard or plywood. We treat the pine with the top marine-grade timber sealer available on the market, the same stuff used for oceangoing wooden yachts. The manufacturer recommends three coats; we apply four. A few optional extras are available for this chicken coop that you might find practical, and you will find them on this page.

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


Do you prefer to have the egg box or service door on the opposite side? No problem. This coop is available as a mirror version too.

● Approximate total expanse: 294 cm (l), 75 cm (w), hen-house 150 cm (h), chicken run 104 cm (h)
● Made of top-grade SA pine from sustainable forests
● Tongue and groove construction
● No nails! Only galvanised bolts, stainless steel hinges and rust-resistant screws.
● Large egg box with hinged lid and two nesting compartments
● Nesting compartment access blocker
● The chicken access door slides shut (aperture 30 cm x 20 cm)
● Screened air-flow vent in the pitched roof
● Chicken ramp ladder on hooks
● Two roosting poles
● Hinged maintenance door
● The slide-out droppings tray is easy to clean
● Hinged access door to the chicken run

GardenStuff’s chicken coop designer explains the ‘Nkandla XL’ in detail:



Chicken Run Tunnel System

GardenStuff designed a tunnel system to allow chicken controlled access to areas outside the
coop’s chicken run. An added benefit of the tunnel is its protection against birds of prey.
The whole system consists of no more than four different modules (pictured below) that is
easily and quickly arranged to form a layout of the keeper’s choice.
The segments are made using durable plastic mesh and long-lasting, CCA treated pine battens.
If not in use, the flexible tunnel segments can be stacked away without using up much space.

Components to create an adjustable tunnel system


Door Insert

The Door Panel has an opening at the bottom for the
chickens to enter and exit the tunnel system.
The panel fits into the door frame.
Product Code: CH-P
Price: R197,00
Dimensions: 88.5 cm x 56 cm


Tunnel Segment


The Tunnel Segment is 100 cm long and offers enough space for two chickens to pass each other.
Product Code: CH-TU
Price: R145,00
Dimensions: 100 cm x 35 cm x 32 cm (h)



Corner Segment

The L-shaped Corner Unit changes the tunnel direction
by 90 degrees.
Product Code: CH-CN
Price: R297,00
Dimensions: 64 cm x 39 cm x 32 cm (h)



The T-Junction allows bringing three tunnel segments
together. It is just like a T-Junction on our streets.
Product Code: CH-TJ
Price: R248,00
Dimensions: 64 cm x 39 cm x 32 cm (h)


Grazing Box

Chickens need to have some greens in addition to their dry food.
Those can be grown in this raised bed. The planter is covered with galvanised welded mesh to prevent the chicken from scratching and destroying the plants, and they can pick off whatever they can reach.
Product Code: FPL
Price: R947.00
Dimensions: 115 cm x 115 cm x 23 cm


Additional information

Weight 98 kg

4 reviews for Chicken Coop ‘Nkandla XL’

  1. Christine Basson (verified owner)

    Awesome coop, still need chickens though! Good service and help from Uli. Thank you.

  2. Jeanette Butler

    Love mine, got it delivered all the way to JHB, myself and my chickens are thrilled and very happy 🙂 Awesome service too, made beautifully :))

  3. Myrna Cameron-Harris

    Amazing coop and fantastic service!

  4. Bennie

    Beautiful, easy to assemble. Excellent service.

    • Uli

      We are delighted with your review, Bennie. It was such a pleasure being of service to you. Thank you very much indeed.

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