Friday, April 25, 2014

"The Saltbox" Chicken Coop

The coop is here!  The Goldhen Girls have moved into their new coop and are enjoying the new and improved backyard sanctuary. But first I would like to take the time to review the coop for those of you interested in getting backyard chickens and are thinking about purchasing a coop kit.

We purchased "The Saltbox" Chicken Coop from My Pet Chicken.  I would like to start by saying their customer service was outstanding! We had originally ordered "The Clubhouse" coop, but manufacturing/shipping delays kept pushing back the arrival date. In one phone call, My Pet Chicken Customer Service happily helped us change our coop order to The Saltbox and it arrived promptly the following week.

The Saltbox was delivered on a wooden pallet in two securely packed boxes.  I immediately pulled out all parts of the coop to inspect them for damage then placed all pieces outside under our covered patio. My Pet Chicken recommends airing out your coop for approximately a week before moving your chickens in.  

After allowing the coop parts to air out for a couple of days, The Rooster went to work assembling The Saltbox with only a screwdriver and a wrench!  With clear and easy to follow directions, he was able to construct it by himself in about an hour. Before attaching the roof to the coop we decided to air it out a few more days.

Constructed coop without the roof

Nest box and roost

On Easter, with visiting family present, the big moment came and we loaded the girls into their new coop.  They acclimated quickly and only the first night did we have to shoo them inside for bed. It's been about a week now and so far they seem quite content with their new digs, but are definitely eager to be let out in the morning.  As My Pet Chicken states, this coop "is NOT intended for full-time confinement."  

Nelly Dean looking through a ventilation window

The Goldhen Girls' first time in the coop!

Here is a list of items we LOVE about this coop:
  • Comfortably fits our 3 chickens
  • Durable roof for Pacific Northwest rain
  • Double locks on all doors/drawers for protection from predators
  • Easy access nesting box
  • Pull out dropping tray for easy cleaning
  • Cute little window for peeping in (and out!)
  • Two ventilation windows
  • Easy slide chicken door from coop to run

Here is a list of items we would CHANGE about this coop:
  • Exterior chicken door does not have a latch to keep it from closing during the day.  Wind sometimes causes it to shut making it so the chickens can't get back in.  We have fixed this problem by using a very small bungee to keep it open during the day.
A small bungee to keep the door from closing during the day.

  • Low sloping roof allows for chickens to easily hop on top of the roof.  For some backyard chicken owners this may not be a problem, however, we are a bit concerned that they could fly over the garden fence that is close in proximity.

Goldhen Girls inspecting the coop's roof

Overall, we are very happy with The Saltbox and rate it 4.5 out of 5 stars.  My Pet Chicken was a great company to work with and sells a high quality product.

We hope this review helps all of you future backyard chicken owners. Stay tuned for the official introduction to the Goldhen Girls' new coop and backyard sanctuary. Thanks for reading!

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