The Nantucket at a Glance
- Dimensions: 6' long by 46" wide by 47" tall interior space; roof overhangs 3" further in each direction.
- Exterior house height is adjustable (instructions included); standard height is 6' to ridge.
- Bird Capacity: 15
- Nest Boxes: 4, constructed of Glasbord and Azek rot-proof material, an NAHB Research Center "Green Approved Product"
- Total Roosting Space: 12'
- Windows: 3 ribbon windows, two gable-end windows, each with removable plexiglass covers
- Exterior Moulding Material: Azek rot-proof material, an NAHB Research Center "Green Approved Product"
- Exterior Colors: tan siding (tough, exterior-grade acrylic paint), with white trim
- Wall Material: 3/8" wood siding
- Floor Material: CDX plywood
- Wooden Legs: Pressure-treated lumber
- Roof Material: Self-stick, precut black asphalt roofing or rigid sheet aluminum, your choice
- Weight: 275 lbs
- Delivery Options: Save $150 to ship to a nearby freight terminal. You'll need a large-bed pickup truck, and a way to tie the coop down, to transport it home.
- Flooring Options: Plywood is standard; add Glasbord on top of it for $100 more.
- Length: The standard length (or width, depending on how you want to look at it!) is 6 feet. Upgrade to 7' or 8' at $125 more per foot.
- Electrical package: $130 more for a light bulb socket and tamper-proof electrical receptacle.
- Roof Style: Black, self-stick, precut roofing tiles are standard. Upgrade to super heavy-duty aluminum roof for $135 more.
The Nantucket is a large, 4' x 6', elevated hen house.
Your birds will be able to sleep and lay their eggs up off of the ground, safely away from predators. They'll sleep comfortably at night inside the henhouse on 12' of internal roosting perches, which are 1.5" in diameter, with sanded edges. These perches are located in the center of the coop, giving you plenty of space for feeding, watering and nest boxes, to help limit waste droppings in those areas. The internal coop area measures 6' long by 46" wide, with a 3" roof overhang in each direction. If you want to accommodate more chickens, choose 7' or 8' lengths for $125 more per foot.
Built smart, by smart people, in the USA
The Nantucket is designed and built here in the USA! This hand-made New England-style coop has wonderful curb appeal, and plenty of natural light and ventilation. The unique design incorporates lightweight, indestructible PVC piping for structure, Azek rot-free trim material, and long-lasting siding and roofing materials. This coop is the brainchild of a 30-year, second generation Masachusetts coop builder who involves his local community in the building, including single mothers working in home shops, part-time college students, and his friends and kids. You can feel good about buying this coop, and you can be sure it'll last a very long time.
Access and Cleaning
The front side of the henhouse holds three doors. The smaller door at left accesses the light socket and outlet, should you choose that option. This is a great place to store your feeder and waterer, too. The second and third doors, on the right, is actually a unique door-within-a-door design: open the smaller door to gather eggs, and the larger door for big clean-ups. Fresh, delicious eggs are waiting for you just inside the smaller egg collection door, from which you can access the four removable nest boxes inside of the henhouse. The nest boxes are constructed of Azek rot-free material and are one modular unit (each measuring 11" x 12" x 11") that you can remove when it's time to clean house. We highly recommend the $100 Glasbord floor option; it'll make cleanup that much easier and extend the life span of your coop.
Windows and Ventilation
Little peek-in windows covered in 1/2" hardware cloth let you check on your birds inside the henhouse without the need to open any doors to take a look. These, along with the upper cupola windows (which span three sides of the coop) provide great ventilation--the best on any coop we offer. Ventilation is an important part of good flock health and comfort, as well as minimizing odors. Now standard with your purchase are removable Plexiglass shields that slide through slotted notches above and below each window. They sit approximately 1/4 inch off the hardware cloth to allow air flow while protecting from rain, snow and driving winds. providing protection from the elements.
Light Socket and Electrical Outlet
With the light bulb socket, not only can you easily see your chickens inside, but the flock will naturally be drawn indoors as the sun sets if the coop is lit up. In addition to the lights, a tamper-proof electrical outlet inside the henhouse means you can install a heated waterer or water heater base so you don't have to worry about the flock's water freezing in the wintertime. The electrical can be fed by a direct burial wire or just an extension cord running to your home.
Want a run?
It's so easy to go to the hardware store and buy some lumber to connect the pressure-treated 2x4 legs, and hardware cloth to attach all the way around the base and footprint. (We used 2x3 wood, screwed on with exterior grade roofing screws, and attached the hardware cloth with heavy-duty staples.) With these changes, you can leave the door from the coop to the run open in all but the most sever weather, so your flock can go outside as soon as they wake up in the morning. With some additional lumber and hardware cloth, you can extend the size of your run indefinitely.
The Nantucket ships as a complete unit with basic assembly required. The standard, coop weighs about 200 lbs before it is completely set up; once the doors, legs, nest boxes, and roosting are set in place, it weighs about 275 lbs. Simple instructions are provided with the coop, and it typically only takes about an hour to complete. You will need to purchase four, five foot long 2 x 4's, which you will slide into slots provided to serve as legs. The coop can be moved easily in a pickup truck or on an open trailer. It is also easily moved by laying down PVC pipe on the ground and sliding the lightweight unit to its destination—then you simply tilt it back to slide in the legs and stand it up. Or, add the optional wheels and handles to lift the coop and move it just as you would a wheelbarrow—easy peasy!
Estimated delivery time is 3-5 weeks after you place your order. The coop will be placed in your driveway, and two able-bodied adults should be able to place it pretty easily. The freight company will call to schedule delivery. If you would like to receive your coop at a freight terminal and save $150, you may find your nearest YRC freight terminal here.