The chicken coop that you choose for your girls is by far the most complicated decision you will have to make when keeping backyard chickens, and is undoubtedly the most costly. The range can be overwhelming, and prices a little scary… not to mention the big differences you will see in quality (and feel if you can actually touch the product you are looking at).
When it comes to chicken coops you may find that price will reflect quality. There are a lot of imported chicken coops are a great entrance point for short-term chicken housing but can be a false economy in the long term. Our first coop was a cheap imported model which looked magnificent for 6 months and needed to be replaced after 18 months when it fell apart… hardly value for money.
Your coop should ideally have the following features:
- Provide adequate shelter from all of Melbourne’s weather conditions.
- Be fox/predator proof (Yes, Melbourne does have a lot of foxes. For more information, click here.)
- Be easy to clean out.
- Have an accessible nesting box for egg collection.
- Be attractive and add to the garden environment, instead of an eyesore.
- Be long lasting (years, not months).
Suburban Chooks have two coop designs which will suit the needs of most backyard chicken keepers. Although our range is limited, we don’t supply, sell or recommend a chicken coop that we aren’t 100% happy with having in our own backyard.
Please note, all descriptions given on our website specify room allowable for bantam or standard-sized chickens. We encourage you to be aware of the coop sizes and the size of your preferred adult standard breeds as some chickens are HUGE! Also, letting your girls free range in your backyard during the day means you can keep more chooks as then they will use the coop mainly for laying eggs, sleeping in and providing shelter.
We encourage everyone to educate themselves on the whole “coop issue”, become familiar with what is out there and make your own decision.
Contact us for more information or enquiries relating to chicken coops.