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TRIXIE Pet Products Outdoor Run with Mesh Cover
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- Suitable for 2 standard size chickens or 4 bantams
- Attaches easily using four metal latches
- Mesh cover folds open on one side
- Large side door with metal slide latch
- Compatible with trixie chicken coops item 55962 and 55963
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Raising chickens can be a fun and rewarding experience for any backyard farmer. They produce nutritious eggs, as well as organic fertilizer, and are low-cost pets to maintain. Because chickens need room to roam and stretch their wings while still feeling safe, trixie's outdoor run with mesh cover is ideal for these lively companions. The galvanized metal grid, solid wood construction and weatherproof finish mean this attractive outdoor run will endure years of use with very little maintenance. The mesh cover and metal slide latches keep your flock safe and secure from predators. The cover also folds open on one side for easy access. Our run quickly and easily attaches to trixie's chicken coops item 55962 and 55963 using our metal latches. Suitable for up to 2 standard size chickens or 4 bantams. Quick and easy assembly. One year warranty. Color glazed pine. Measurements 45 by 26 by 28-Inch, mesh door opening 17 by 22-Inch. Weight 13-pound.
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First, one box arrived via UPS, and the next day a second box. So, just be aware that if you just get one box you will have to wait for the next box to arrive to complete your coop. The directions are not great either! Good thing, my husband put it together (ha-ha). Measurements are 68 inches by 30 by 41-Inches.
This coop looks nice. The finish is very nice. The hardware cloth looks to be fairly good quality. Though, this thing is smaller than it looks. Currently, we have the one momma chicken (a standard size Buff Orpington) and her 4 young (3 pullets and 1 cockerel) in there and it really is too small for all of them, but, since it is just transitional, it will work.
If I was ordering this for a permanent home for chickens, I would NEVER put more than 2 full sized chickens or 4 bantam chickens in this. If chickens are overcrowded you can have a ton of behavior and health problems, such as feather picking, due to boredom. I added photo's to show how cramped it is with just my one hen and her 4 chicks. Of course, you can move this often to fresh grass and build another run to hook on to give more room.
Also, one thing I didn't like about this coop is that the ramp into the house is finished wood and it is too slick for chicken's feet. My chickens don't like to use it. I plan on gluing some shingles to it for added traction or adding more wooden slats between the slick wood.
Another thing, I thought could be improved was the quality of the latches and closures, particularly on the doors. I will probably replace the latches with a better quality latch, as raccoons could easily open up the doors.
I wish there was a sliding cover on the one window in the coop, as during winter at night this could be closed if there were a sliding cover. When I use this coop in winter I will cover this up at night.
Though, I think this is the perfect coop (with a bit of tweaking and more winterizing) for a broody hen to hatch her brood and raise them if you want her separated from the rest of the flock. Also, this would be perfect for one hen and one rooster if you want to insure that you have purebred fertile eggs- which is what I plan to use it for once my hen and her chicks are integrated back into the big flock.
Overall, I would purchase it again, as it is quick to put up, looks nice, it's easy to get the eggs out, easy to clean and does the job I need it for. Though, if you can build fairly well, and want more than 2 full-sized chickens, we built an 8ftx8ft coop, complete with everything for just $50 more.
1) It's pleasing to look at. If you're worried that a chicken coop might make your yard look unkempt or trashy, this may be the coop kit for you as it is quite attractive. Our neighbors, who can see the coop through the chain-link fence between our yards commented that it is "cute". The wood is a nice color and the combination of the green roof and medium stained wood just works well.
2) It seems relatively sturdy and doesn't really flex even on uneven ground.
3) The pull-out tray should make it very easy to clean.
4) The chickens love spending time in it. Since we live in a relatively rural area with open fields behind us and red-tailed hawks constantly overhead (making free ranging a risky endeavor), we needed a coop that the chickens would be comfortable in 23-24 hours a day.
5) It was relatively easy to assemble with basic tools.
1) The door hardware is terrible. It is covered in surface rust after just a few weeks outside. The latches are also very "loose" and would be easily defeated by a raccoon fiddling with them. I replaced them all with latches from Home Depot similar to the latch on the nesting box. These are then secured with stainless steel carabiners (also from Home Depot).
2) During assembly, some the holes were not quite drilled in the right place and only about 70% of the holes that were supposed to be countersunk were actually countersunk. I countersunk the holes that were not.
3) Some of the dowels that hold the roof in place were sheared in half during shipping. A small strip of styrofoam would likely fix this issue.
4) The glue used to secure the liner in the removable tray is terrible. It is fine at room temperature, but the glue becomes liquid at 90-95 degrees and the liner starts to separate from the frame. I haven't had the coop through the winter yet, but I am hoping it doesn't become brittle in the cold either.
5) The wood is very soft Chinese fir wood. I'm not sure how it will hold up, but it is VERY soft when compared to wood like pine or cedar.
6) The roosting bar is not very secure in the coop and can easily be knocked out of its holder. I'm going to have to fix this.
7) It does leak a small amount of water through the middle of the roof and where the nesting box meets with the coop. The roof can be sealed with a bead of silicon, but the nesting box leak is going to be a little tougher, I think.
Overall, the coop is serving its intended purpose so far. It could be better, but I supposed it could also be a lot worse also. I bought this coop based on the reviews compared to some of the other no-name kits available on Amazon and eBay. I am a bit disappointed because I was expecting a 4.5 star product based on the reviews, but received a 3-star product.