The Briar (up to 3 chickens)

 

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The Briar is a compact, affordable, attractive little coop for the smallest of spaces! Comes fully assembled. Sustainably hand-built in the U.S.A. Also see The Briar Tractor for a movable version of this coop.

Shipping note: please select "Ground" and allow 4 weeks for your coop to ship.



Built "Green", in the U.S.A. Hand-built by woodworkers in Bay City, Michigan, Green Chicken Coops use responsibly harvested timber from certified ecologically-sustainable, managed forests, and from local storm-damaged trees. The cedar roof and flooring underlayment are all-natural, the plywood is free from any harmful glues or chemicals, and the exterior latex paint is non-toxic.

Designed to stand up in all conditions Over 30 Green Coops were designed and tested in the harshest winter environments of Northern Michigan. The clapboard is made of sturdy 3/4" exterior-grade plywood, versus the 1/4" plywood you'll see on other coops. Cedar shake roof shingles and underlayment protect your flock in any weather and will last decades.

If you live in a hot climate, order a screened side door for $35 more: your flock will need the ventilation. (It comes with a plexiglass insert for cold weather protection, too!)

If you live in a wintry area, consider the interior light option for just $25 more: put it on in the mornings and evenings to improve winter egg laying. (Keep in mind that any electricity inside a coop is always a fire hazard, and you assume your own risk.) You might also drape an old tarp over the run: snow slides off and provides ample ground area for the chickens to enjoy, even in the harshest of weather!

Wide-opening door for cleaning Everyone loves a coop that's easy to clean. The Briar's 20" side door, for "people" access, runs almost the whole length of the coop for easy disposal of soiled bedding. Consider getting the linoleum floor for $35 more: it'll make it that much easier.

Smart window for light & ventilation Just above the nesting box, there's a long, low, two-layer window. The top layer is plexiglass, which you can latch closed in colder weather, or prop open in mild weather. The second layer is 1/2" by 1/2", 19 gauge, galvanized hardware cloth to keep predators out.

Two run options Already have a predator-proof run? Just order the house. Girls need a little room to roam before you can let them out for the day? Order the 6' long by 2' wide rectangular run, with a unique hinged roof for easy access. Or go all the way with the larger, 6' long by 6' wide, A-frame run: when it comes to space, more is always better. Your flock will be happier, and so will you. All runs are made with 1/2", 19 gauge galvanized hardware cloth, which means only bugs will get in, where they will promptly be eaten.

Whichever run option you choose, a ramp painted the same color as your house is included, and you may purchase "screened bottoms" for better protection against digging predators and rodents. All runs have a wide, 3' by 5' door. Review pricing in the "Run Options" pull-down menu, above.

Three paint options, or customize! Choose from green, red or white non-toxic, exterior-grade latex paint, or for $50 more, we'll paint it any color you'd like!

Predator safety features All three access points - the front "chicken" door, the large "people" door, and the rear nesting box door - close securely to keep predators out. The window is also predator-proof, open or closed.

For added safety, if you're ordering a run, consider also purchasing the screened bottoms, made of 1/2" by 1/2", 19 gauge, galvanized hardware cloth, to ensure absolute protection against digging predators.

Ample nesting box space Since four to five hens can easily share just one nesting box, the two nesting boxes in this coop are more than sufficient.

Dimensions This coop is 2' wide by 2' deep, excluding the nesting box, and 3' 3" high at the peak of the roof.

Feeder & Waterer notes Feeder: The manufacturer recommends this solid-bottom feeder, or something very near it, placed in the interior of the coop.

Waterer: choose whatever model you like, and plan to keep it outside, in the run. There's not enough room inside, really - and the manufacturer advises that it'll cause the house interior to become too humid. If you live in a cold climate, consider one of our heated waterers.

What to know about shipping Please allow 4-5 weeks for your coop to arrive, and make sure one able-bodied adult will be present to help with unloading. It will ship via freight service, without a lift gate unless you request one from the "Shipping Options" menu above, and will arrive 95% assembled. You just attach the legs and the run, if applicable.