Helping You Choose Among Our Quality Chicken Coops

Helping You Choose Among Our Quality Chicken Coops

Our Quality

Questions you should ask before you buy a chicken coop from anyone to save you money and problems down the road.

1. What is the coop constructed from? Is it PT (pressure treated) or KD (kiln dried) pine?

KD pine will not last year’s outside in contact with ground and weather. Even if stained or painted, it will rot. PT built coops will last for many carefree years if stained or painted with good paint or stain

2. What kind of nails are used? We use galvanized nails and screws in all coops, not common nails and drywall screws.

3. Our roofs and walls are framed just like your house.

4. We use a 40-year warranty roofing metal, not barnyard roofing from Lowe's.

5. Add all these factors up, and why would you pay any amount for a coop that will rot out and fail?

6. All our coops from a 5X6 to a 6X14 are built the same, we don't take shortcuts. Our reputation is in every coop we build for customers, we have coops all over NC and Southern Virginia.

Below is a slide show of a KD coop, only 4 months old, bought in Greensboro, and the customer paid over $600 for it. It was a 4X8, not built from PT, you judge the quality of this coop for yourself.

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Coops like this do not last very long. They have plywood or wafer board inside for floors, egg boxes, etc.; and if you get them wet by cleaning them, they rot out. With these types of coops, you will need a run and now they are not portable.

So if you live somewhere and you want to move your coop to fresh ground, you won't with these. They are good for a few laying hens at most, you cannot go inside of them to clean them out. They’re very hot inside in the heat of summer.

We have, in 10 years, replaced coops like this because customers could not do much with them. Why waste your money on something that will last a short time and is not easy to clean? It’s a shame to see people waste their hard-earned money on something that does not work and will fail. They may look cute, but for chicken coops, are useless. And you will spend from $400 to $650 on one of these, only to discard it in a short period of time because it’s not working for you.

Chickens like to be on the ground to scratch the ground for bugs, etc. So this type of coop is useless if you live in the city limits as you cannot free-range chickens unless you want to chase them all over your neighborhood and upset your neighbors.

Even in the country setting, you will have to construct a run of some sorts to make these work and now you can't move the coop because you have a run attached to it, to allow the chickens to have a new area on the ground.

A lot of people do not have any idea what will not work for them. Raising hens and being around them for 40 years, we only sell and build coops that look good, are easy to clean and move, and will last 15-20 years.

Look at the framing of this coop. Regular pine framing lumber and not even a full 2X4. There are 2X4s ripped in half, that is why the wall has a big sag in it. Try washing the inside of this coop and it will rot out in a year or two.

We use full PT 2X4 s not lumber ripped in half to save us money. Our smallest coop weighs more than their largest being built in NC. We build them to last 15 years and know they will last that long.

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Customer paid over $500 for this kit coop and it was falling apart while they were trying to put it together.

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Don't waste your money on one of these kit coops, this one lasted 5 months.

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Elaine from Rougemont, NC got her new 6X14 today with a skid system and best nest box. She told us about this coop she bought less than 3 years ago, and it’s all rotting out, and she told us the windows are useless, no cross ventilation.

The doors are falling apart on it, the lid to egg boxes are all rotted out, and they used regular pine framing. It’s even rotting inside the box part of the coop, she said you can't clean the box part of the coop out and told us it was built on-site and she paid good money for it. A lesson learned, those all-in-one coops with a box in them are useless.

1st and 2nd pic is her new 6X14 we built to replace what she had that is falling apart, the rest of the pictures are the all-in-one box coop.

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Elaine from Rougemont, NC got her new 6X14 today with a skid system and best nest box. She told us about this coop she bought less than 3 years ago, and it’s all rotting out, and she told us the windows are useless, no cross ventilation.

The doors are falling apart on it, the lid to egg boxes are all rotted out, and they used regular pine framing. It’s even rotting inside the box part of the coop, she said you can't clean the box part of the coop out and told us it was built on-site and she paid good money for it. A lesson learned, those all-in-one coops with a box in them are useless.

1st and 2nd pic is her new 6X14 we built to replace what she had that is falling apart, the rest of the pictures are the all-in-one box coop.

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Here is a 3-year-old Leonard goat shed and it’s falling apart, we replaced it with one of our 4X10 goat sheds.

Sent to me by a customer on 7/1/21. Bought this coop from a coop builder around Salisbury, NC. Paid $550 for it, it was delivered and nails were sticking out everywhere. The first rain, the roof leaked like crazy and the inside of the plywood and wafer board got soaked. He has only had it for 2 months and ordered one of our 5X10 coops to replace it.

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