Dimensions at a glance:
- Overall dimensions: 45.25" long 27" wide x 33.75" high (interior)
- Henhouse dimensions (excluding roof and legs): 41.25" long x 23" wide x 30" high
- Interior height: 29.5" high at peak
- Roosting bars: Three, two at 21.5" long, one at 18" long
- Roosting bar distance from exterior walls: 9.5" minimum
- Roosting bar distance from ceiling at peak: 16.25"
- Nest boxes: One extra large nest, 17.5" long x 10.5" wide x 10" high
- Front windows: 8.75" x 8.75" plexiglas (fixed)
- Rear sliding ventilation slot: Opens to 5" x 6.25", backed by 1/2" x 1/2" hardware cloth
- Side sliding ventilation slots: Two, open to 2.5" x 4", backed by 1/2" x 1/2" hardware cloth
- Front door: 8.75" wide x 12" high
- Total square footage: 6.6
Roomy enough for 4+ chickens
With plenty of roosting and nesting space, you can happily house up to four standard-size chickens, or five to six bantams,
depending on their size. This chicken coop, like every one we sell at My Pet Chicken, is NOT intended for full-time
confinement. The run is convenient when you can't let your flock roam freely, but make sure your flock has several hours per day free-ranging
or in a much larger run.
Clean Breezes = No Sneezes
Adequate ventilation is one of the most important features of any chicken house. Chickens have especially sensitive respiratory systems, so air flow is key. That's why our Cottage Coop chicken house contains vents in the gable ends on both sides, for cross-ventilation, plus an adjustable ventilation slot in the rear. All three are backed by half-inch hardware cloth to keep pests and predators out. (The windows are backed by plexiglas and are for light only.)
Roost High, Nest Low
As any seasoned chicken keeper can tell you, chickens like to roost at night on the highest spot they can reach. (It's a status thing--don't ask!) And you know what chickens do in their sleep, right? They poop. A lot. So you sure don't want your hens sleeping where they nest, lest your eggs be smothered in poo! The Cottage Coop's rounded-edge roosting poles are placed high up enough that your flock won't be tempted to roost in their nest, but low enough that their heads won't be smacking the ceiling when they jump up. There's 16.25" between the roost and the ceiling's peak, and at eight inches in from the exterior wall, there's more than a foot of head room.
The three roosting poles combined total over 60 inches in length, easily accommodating five large fowl chickens or more. Each perch is 9.5 inches from exterior walls, so they're usable and accessible.
Double Duty Nesting Box
Conventional chicken wisdom has it that one nest box is required for every four to five hens. The Cottage Coop's nest box is extra large at 17.5" long x 10.5" wide by 10" high, so in reality two hens can nest at the same time. You might think your hens would like the privacy of their own "stall"... but no. We often catch the rascals in our own coop laying eggs right on top of one another. There's an easy egg collection door right outside the nest box, too.
Free-rangers take note: the Cottage Coop's nest box is fully removable, has a roof, and can be placed outside the coop! Going this route both increases the available interior space, and gives your birds a go-to place to lay outdoors. (Hunting for eggs loses its charm when you're doing it 365 days a year...)
Cleanout is a breeze: just pull out the metal-lined droppings tray, dump the soiled bedding into your compost pile, add fresh bedding and replace the tray! You may have noticed chicken coops sold on some other outlets are less than an inch deep... We bet you can imagine what happens when you pull the tray out! The poopy bedding gets scraped by the frame above and falls underneath. How's helpful is that? Our droppings tray is an actually-usable 2.5" deep on the interior.
Today's fluffy, fat, slow pet chickens are like sitting ducks! They have no way to protect themselves from predators, so it's the job of the chicken-keeper to make sure they're safe. The Cottage Coop covers you there, with two barrel bolts on each door, and galvanized, welded, half-inch hardware cloth protecting the three ventilation slots.
Run, Chicken, Run!
Each bird in your flock needs at least
ten square feet of space, so if you plan to confine your flock full-time in this coop, we recommend you limit yourself to... six-tenths of a chicken. If you want more than that, you need to provide them more space outdoors. That could come in many forms: you could free range
your flock during daylight hours; if you're handy, you could build a large run off the front of the coop; you could try out our Day Care For Chickens
day-ranger; or you might even place your coop inside a larger, predator-proof run!
Protect Your Coop Purchase...
...With a yearly stain or seal. The natural wood material will break down over time. If you do not,
you can realistically expect six to eight years' use out of this coop. If you keep it in good shape
by sealing it annually, you'll get a longer life out of it.
UPS Ground shipping is included! Allow up to 2 weeks for arrival. The Cottage Coop comes in two separate boxes. Box one is 48" x 24" x 6" and weighs 38 pounds. Box two is 44" x 23" x 6" and weighs 44 pounds.
Please note: we do not have a storefront and orders cannot be picked up from our location. Also, we can only ship within the United States. Shipment of chicken coops is limited to the 48 contiguous states only (not Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico and the other U.S. territories).
Damages, Returns & Cancellations
If your coop has been obviously damaged in shipment, please refuse the delivery so we may expedite sending you a new one. If you are unable to do so, report the damages to us within 48 hours, and we request that you send us pictures so we can determine which pieces are damaged and how we can best remedy it. Please be aware that superficial scratches and dings may occur in the shipping process, and that we will replace or refund you for any broken, missing, or damaged pieces.
If you cancel your order before the coop leaves our warehouse, we'll refund you all but a $5 cancellation fee. If you'd like to cancel your order after it has left the warehouse, or return it once it has arrived to you, you'll be responsible for return shipping as well as a 15% restocking fee that will be withheld from the refund. Please note, once you have assembled your coop it cannot be returned.
All you need is a screwdriver! All the hardware is included, and most holes are pre-drilled. With two people, allow approximately a half an hour to forty-five minutes; with just one, allow forty-five minutes to an hour. Once you construct the coop, we recommend you let it "air out" for a bit before moving your chickens in. The non-toxic wood stain emits an odor that disappears over time.
When it comes time to build your chicken coop, use these assembly instructions; the ones that come with your coop are small and harder to see!