Dimensions at a glance:
- Hen house: 55" wide x 27.5" deep x 29.5" high (interior)
- Overall height: 48" high at peak
- Width with overhang: 59"
- Run footprint: 55" wide x 27.5" deep x 18.5" high
- Height of run under hen house: 18.5"
- Roosting bars: Two, each 31" long, 9.75" apart, 7" from exterior walls, and 13.5" from ceiling at peak
- Nest boxes: Four boxes, each 13" wide x 12.25" deep x 12" at lowest and 16" at highest
- Front window: 8.75" x 8.75", with plexiglass (does not open)
- Rear sliding ventilation slot: Opens to 7.5" x 4.25"
- Front door: Two, each 14.25" x 10.25"
- Ladder opening in coop floor: 15" long x 10 3/8" wide
- Ladder width: 9.75"
- Total square footage: 21 square feet, including "house" level and "run" level
- Run floor included with purchase: 1/2" hardware cloth floor + zip ties for securing to the run. Keeps rodents and digging predators out.
Roomy enough for 5-6 chickens
With plenty of roosting and nesting space, you can happily house up to five standard-size chickens, or six 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 coop. Chickens have especially sensitive respiratory systems, so airflow is key. That's why our Gambrel Roof chicken coop 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 coop 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 7 inches.
The two roosting poles combined total over 60 inches in length, easily fitting nine chickens or more. Each perch is 7 inches from exterior walls and 9.75" from each other, so they're usable and accessible.
Plenty O' Nesting Boxes
Conventional chicken wisdom has it that one nest box is required for every four to five hens, which would make the Gambrel Roof's four nest boxes plenty. Each nest box is 13" wide x 12.25" deep x 12" at lowest and 16" 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 2.5" 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. Plus, there's a new security feature!
Your purchase now includes, at no extra charge, a half-inch hardware cloth "floor" with zip ties to secure it to your run and keep rodents and digging predators from gaining entry.
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 10 square feet of space outdoors, you can only keep one chicken in this coop if you plan to keep them confined 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 could set up solar-powered electric poultry netting
; 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.
Enhancements and Modifications
While we make every effort to ensure the product you purchase meets your expectations, the actual product may differ slightly from images and renderings shown due to enhancements and/or modifications made at the discretion of the manufacturer.
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 two separate boxes. Box one is 57" x 30" x 4" and weighs 33 pounds. Box two is 35" x 29" x 9.5" and weighs 56 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 the hardware is included, plus a screwdriver and awl, and most holes are pre-drilled. With two people, allow
approximately 45 minutes; with just one, allow an hour or so. 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.