Dimensions at a glance:
- Hen house: 62" wide x 48" deep x 34" high (interior)
- Overall height: 5' high at peak
- Width with overhang: 5' 6"
- Run footprint: 62" wide x 45" deep
- Height of run under hen house: 25"
- Roosting bars: Three, each 34.75" long, 10" apart and 9.5" from exterior walls
- Nest boxes: Three "double wides", each 22" wide x 11" deep x 10.5" at lowest and 14" high at highest
- Front window: 8.75" x 8.75", backed by 1/2" x 1/2" hardware cloth
- Rear sliding ventilation slot: 8" x 8", backed by 1/2" x 1/2" hardware cloth
- Front door (each): 16.5" x 12.75"
- Chicken ladder: 31" long
- Total square footage: 39 squaree feet, including "house" level and "run" level
Roomy enough for 10-12 chickens
With plenty of roosting and nesting space, you can happily house up to ten standard-size chickens, or twelve or more 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 Gambrel Roof chicken house contains windows in the gable ends, front and rear, for cross-ventilation, plus an adjustable ventilation slot. All three are backed by half-inch hardware cloth to keep pests and predators out. The windows don't close, because even in winter, chickens need fresh air! The adjustable ventilation slot can be slid open or shut, depending on the season. (And the opening from the "upstairs" of the chicken house to the "downstairs" run remains open, for even better airflow.)
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 Gambrel Roof chicken coop's rounded-edge roosting poles are placed high up enough that your flock won't be tempted to roost in their nest boxes, but low enough that their heads won't be smacking the ceiling when they jump up. There are 13.5 inches between the roosts and the ceiling at the peak, and a foot in from the outer edges of the coop, there are 11.5 inches.
The three roosting poles combined total over 100 inches in length, easily fitting nine chickens or more. Each perch is 9.5 inches from exterior walls / 10" from each other, so they're usable and accessible.
Double-Wide... 'Cause That's How We Roll
Conventional chicken wisdom has it that one nest box is required for every four to five hens, which would make the Gambrel Roof's three nest boxes plenty... But each is a double wide, accommodating two hens, so it's like having six nest boxes! 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! Each "double wide" nest box is 22" wide x 11" deep x 10.5" at lowest and 14" high at the highest point.
To collect your eggs, just reach right in, no back-breaking-bending-over required! Each nest box has its own access door, located about waist-high for an average-sized adult.
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 by some other outlets are barely 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 right into the run below. How's helpful is that? Our droppings tray is an actually-usable 3" deep.
Bear in mind that the droppings tray won't be strong enough for you to place your waterer right on it (and you wouldn't want to, anyway -- the hens would be pooping in it from above)! You'll want to place your feeder and waterer in the run below.
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 Gambrel Roof chicken coop has two barrel bolts on each door, and galvanized, welded, half-inch hardware cloth protecting the windows and the sides of the run. However
, if given adequate time, a predator could dig under the run and snatch an easy meal. You will want to prepare for this possibility before bringing your chickens to their new home. You might place your chicken coop on an underlayment like brick or concrete pavers; you might just attach strips of hardware cloth under the run, using zip ties or a staple gun; you might place their entire chicken coop inside a larger, predator-proof run. The choice is up to you! Just be aware you'll need to think this one through in advance.
Run, Chicken, Run!
Each bird in your flock needs at least
ten square feet of space outdoors, so if you plan to confine your flock full-time in this coop, we recommend you limit yourself to... two. Yep, you read that right! Since there's only about 19.5 square feet of space in the run, you can only keep 2 chickens if you plan to keep them confined in this coop full time. So if you want more chickens, you need to provide them more outdoor space. That could come in many forms: you could free range
your flock several hours each day; if you're handy, you could build out the back of their run and enclose a much larger space; you could try out our Day Care For Chickens
day-ranger; you might even place your coop inside a much 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 have it for many years to come.
Shipping is included in the price of your coop! Allow up to 2 weeks for arrival. It may ship on a truck with a liftgate; via UPS; it may even arrive via a local delivery service. The Gambrel Roof comes in three separate boxes. Box one is 65" x 43" x 5" and weighs 58 pounds. Box two is 46" x 41" x 9" and weighs 44 pounds. Box three is 51" x 17" x 7" and weighs 51 pounds.
Coop is manufactured from Chinese Fir.
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 an hour; with just one, allow an hour and a half. 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 a slight odor that disappears over time. Use these assembly instructions rather than the ones provided with the coop, as these are larger and easier to read.