Aug 202014

Formex Snap Lock Large Chicken Coop Backyard Hen House

If you have or are planning to get chickens, one of the basic requirements is a chicken coop and chicken run to keep them in.  Chickens require very little but they do need a sturdy, predator proof house and run as well as food and water.  When you start looking at chickens coops online, you will notice that there are a large number of chicken coops to pick from.  However, if you take the time to read the reviews, many customers were very unhappy with the quality of the chicken coops that they purchased.

Common Complaints About Chicken Coops

Customers that have bought other chicken coops had common complaints which included:

  • Cheaply made
  • Hard to assemble
  • Didn’t last
  • Pieces arrived broken
  • Coop was smaller than stated
  • Coop would not hold as many birds as advertised

Highly Ranked Chicken Coop – Nicer Than The Others

But that doesn’t mean that all of the chicken coops that I found online are the say way.  As I was looking at the different coops, one of the, the Formex Snap Lock Large Chicken Coop Backyard Hen House is highly rated and has 30 reviews.  What was different about the reviews for this hen house is that most customers were very happy with this chicken house.  It was sturdy and was large enough to hold 4-6 Large Chickens or 6-8 Bantams on average which is pretty good.  Reviewers were very happy with how easy it was snap together.

You will need to add your own chicken run as this one does not come with one.  That is not a bad thing as most of the chicken runs provided with other chicken coops are not large enough in my opinion and are only good enough for the chickens to use until you get up and let them out into a larger area.

Specifications and Features

  • No tools required
  • Impact resistant
  • Ultraviolet resistant
  • Water resistant
  • Chemical resistant
  • Maintenance free
  • Removable litter tray
  • Larger Adjustable ventilation
  • Easy access for egg collection
  • Insulating, double-wall construction
  • Predator resistant, lockable access
  • Self contained and light weight
  • 4 Nesting spots with removable dividers
  • Three 36″ roosts
  • Room for twelve standard breed hens
  • Made in the USA

Overall Dimensions

  • 64″ X 39″ X 42″ inches

Overall, this chicken coop looks very nice and is one of the better chicken coop designs that I have seen.  If you are looking for a chicken coop to house your chickens in, this one seems to be a great choice.

GET MORE DETAILS ABOUT:  Formex Snap Lock Large Chicken Coop Backyard Hen House 4-6 Large 6-12 Bantams


Aug 112010

Well, I had every intention of keeping the chicks indoors until they were at least a month old but they didn’t like that idea.  It is very hot here and I started taking them outside twice a day to a specially fenced area fortified with chicken fencing that I made just for these babies. 

I didn’t leave them unattended but since I had a lot of yard work to do, this worked out well.  I put a large deck umbrella over part of their area, added food and water and a pile of straw.  I also failed to mention that the grass and weeds were pretty tall in this area so they had lots of cover.

They had a ball running around and acting silly.  They figured out how to take their first dust baths and how to sun themselves.  They were not happy when I rounded them up and took them in each time.  It got to the point that they screeched incessantly while they were inside.

When the chicks reached 3 weeks of age, I finally caved and put them outside in a very secure little chick house with an extra secure run and double chicken fencing.  They were driving me crazy at this point and they were very unhappy.  I also started leaving my two labs outside at night to patrol the yard, which they loved!  So far, so good.  My little family of 8  chicks is thriving being outside and they are growing fast.  They also eat a lot less chick feed since they are busy running around and taking dust baths.

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Jul 022010

So, you have a hen that has gone broody and you decide that you want to raise a few chicks.  I have done this countless times and I finally have a method to the madness of chick raising.

After I put a few fake eggs under the broody hen to keep her happy, I then decide which hens that I want chicks from.  Some of my hens are friendlier or prettier than others and I usually pick these hens.  I will gather up the hens that I want eggs from and confine them to a different chicken house and run for a few days.

I collect the eggs every day and I don’t use any of them that don’t look perfect.  Any eggs that are an odd size or just don’t look right are not good candidates to put under your hen.  I put the date that each egg was laid right on the egg.  I collect 10 – 20 eggs depending on how many chicks I want and when I have as many as I need, I put them under the broody hen.  I also release the other hens and keep all of them away from my broody hen so they don’t keep chasing her off the nest to lay more eggs.

I then feed and water my broody hen every day because sometimes they won’t leave the nest at all and they can starve to death.  I keep a close eye on her and the eggs and I usually don’t candle them until they are around two weeks old.  I remove any eggs that aren’t fertile and place the rest of them back under the broody hen.

All that is left to do is to count down to hatching day and watch for the chicks to begin to hatch.  I always monitor them and make sure that none of them have any problems.  Sometimes one or two will hatch late after mom has left the nest. 

I will take them inside to incubate them.  Once they hatch, I grab one of the hen’s chicks and when it starts to scream for her and she gets upset, I slip both the new chick and the old chick back in.  Chances are good that she won’t even notice that she has an extra chick or two.

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