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The ‘Nkandla XL’ is our most popular chicken coop among the urban backyard chicken keepers. The hen-house comfortably sleeps up to six regular-sized chicken. The city bylaws allow us to keep five hens without needing a permit (Cape Town five hens, Johannesburg ten hens), so the size of the ‘Nkandla XL’ is just perfect.
The fully enclosed chicken-run is meant to be a safe temporary holding pen only, not a permanent enclosure for so many chickens. In that case, the ‘Kardashi-Hens’ coop would be a better choice as the chicken-run offers more roaming space.
We don’t use galvanised chicken wire for any of our coops, only a much better looking and robust black plastic mesh. Whatever people say, the chicken mesh will rust and disintegrate, not only becoming an eyesore but an injury risk to children and chicken alike. Our plastic mesh will look as new for years to come, without needing any maintenance, neither will the super-strong framework which is CCA pressure treated.
We construct this chicken coop with weathering protected, solid pine. We don’t use cheap Chinese import low-grade or lightweight wood. Nothing is cheaply nailed together. We only use rust-resistant screws, galvanised bolts and stainless steel hinges – all expensive.
This raised coop has a large, dual nesting box and two built-in roosting perches. Each perch can sleep up to three normal-sized chicken side by side. The hinged egg box lid allows for easy egg collection and quick cleaning. The nesting compartment can be blocked off to the hens.
The ‘Nkandla XL’ also comes with a pull-out droppings tray and a hinged maintenance door for cleaning and access. The door above the chicken ladder is lockable to keep the chicken in, or out. A passive ventilation system prevents over-heating of the hen-house in full sun. The underside of the hen-house provides additional sun and rain protection.
Are you a prospective owner? New to raising chickens? Here is a free and handy how-to guide for the care of pet chickens which covers all the basics: Keeping Chicken 101
Need to chat? Call Uli 071 – 245 1658