Residents: 2 – 6 average-sized chickens
Free-Ranging: Controlled by the owner
Availability: In stock
Yes, Cape Town and its immediate surroundings.
No assembly is required.
Yes, flat-packed to SA metros.
Simple re-assembly in 45 – 60 minutes by one person.
No extra tools and no DIY expertise is required.
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.
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. On each perch is enough space for three average-sized chickens to sleep comfortably side by side.
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 up to 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 eggbox.
There is another handy tool in there, and that is a scraper. It helps to clean out the droppings tray and the nests.
The chickens enter the hen-house over a detachable ladder and through 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.
As mentioned, 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. It has to be the best that is available to us in South Africa. The same applies to construction methods. For example, we are using a joinery technique from the US that is barely known here.
We don’t use the standard chicken wire for any of our chicken runs. 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 therefore rust-resistant.
The framework for the chicken run and the base of the hen-house is CCA pressure-treated pine. It can stand in mud for years without much deterioration.
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.
There are a few optional extras available for this chicken coop that you might find practical. 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