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2.0 out of 5 stars FAR too smal, 9 Jun. 2014
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This review is from: Chicken Coops Imperial Winchester Chicken Coop Hen House Ark Poultry Run Nest Box Rabbit Hutch Suitable For Up To 4 Birds (Misc.)
I put 2 small bantams in this and they can barely move. It would be cruel indeed to put little 4 bantams, let alone 4 hens in this. I would not put even 2 full size hens in this for any length of time.
It has some significant faults: There is a big gap under the nest box which creates a bad draught for the roosting birds. Hens should never be forced to suffer a draught, so be prepared to fix this. It is also true that you will have to figure out how to stop the bottom of the nest box being just lifted up by the fox.
The long pole which you can use to close the pop hole is annoying as you can't open the door without also opening the pop hole. The nest box is too low so they can't shelter underneath in rain.
This is a cheap, temporary solution for say, a mother hen with chicks to keep safe from crows etc, or when isolating a hen for some reason. A fox would easily be able to tunnel underneath the run section, so sections of weld mesh, paving slabs or something is necessary to lay along the outer walls of the run.
The perch is not wide enough for the feet of a full size hen either, and is very near the droppings so cleaning out thoroughly every day is essential. Fumes from droppings affect hens very badly as their lungs are far less robust than ours. One good tip for any hen house is to put a layer of builder's sand underneath the night perches. This does a marvellous job of neutralising the fumes from droppings and any builder's merchant will deliver a bag of this cheap stuff. It also makes the cleaning out easier and far less smelly for you.This run will need to be moved every 2 days or the hens will be wading in their own droppings. Would I buy this again? For a temporary run, yes, if prepared to do the repairs. For a longer-term solution even for 2 hens? No, I would put the money towards a far more robust, better built, and much larger house and run, and not waste money on this false economy.
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