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The ‘Nkandla XL’ is one of our most popular chicken coops among the urban backyard chicken keepers. The hen-house comfortably sleeps up to six regular-sized chickens. The city bylaws allow us to keep five hens without needing a permit (Cape Town five hens, Johannesburg ten hens), so the ‘Nkandla XL’ size is just perfect.
The fully enclosed chicken-run is meant to be a safe temporary holding pen only, not a permanent enclosure for many chickens. In that case, the ‘Kardashi-Hens’ coop would be a better choice as the chicken-run offers double the 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 chickens alike. Our plastic mesh will look 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 imports of 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 chickens side by side. The hinged egg box lid allows for easy egg collection and quick cleaning. A barrier can block off the nesting compartment 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 henhouse provides additional sun and rain protection.
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