After dreaming of having chickens for close to 10 years, moving to a city that freely allows them, then battling with an HOA that doesn’t, I finally gained the use of a pasture near my house zoned agricultural and outside of any HOA. It was CHICKEN TIME.
Through the years I’ve looked and looked at different beautiful coops. I’d seen Omlet at Mother Earth News Fair a couple of times and had looked at the coops in person. So, when it came to decision time, I ordered my Omlet Eglu Cube since it was their largest capacity coop. (Speaking of which, I’d love to hear from others as to how many average sized chickens they house in this unit. I currently have four and would really like another couple of chickens, but I just don’t know if that would be too crowded.)
I counted down the days until the sea of boxes arrived on my front porch. I previewed the helpful video outlining how to assemble the coop. I could barely wait for Saturday to arrive so I could get it put together and go pick up my girls. Since the pasture where I have the chickens is not at my house, we loaded the boxes into my suv and my husband helped me unload them into a shady spot there. I unpacked all of the boxes and reviewed the directions. It does take a few hours to put together, but it wasn’t rocket science. There are times you’ll want to have a second person there. I was blessed to have my Bonus Mom and Brother there with me for most of it.
One mistake I made was that I completely assembled the coop section before even starting the run. So, that means that I had to take the coop apart in order to attach the coop to the run. In fact, there are a couple of the connections that never got made because I didn’t want to take the coop THAT FAR apart and the coop seems fine without those connections.
I’m not the best at putting things together, but I get through it okay. There are some things that I did imperfectly, but the coop seems solid and operates well. I remain amazed that the girls knew on the very first night that when it got dark that they were supposed to go up that ladder and go into the coop. It was like magic. They also only have laid eggs in the nest box. How do they know that that is how that works?
The Omlet Eglu Cube is easy to clean. The plastic isn’t porous, so it comes clean. I did take a brush like you would use for pots and pans up to the pasture because the water pressure I get there isn’t very high so that helps get all of the poop off more easily.
I have moved the coop by myself, but it is easier with help. I have the two meter run.
I’m thinking I may buy the Omlet Chicken Fencing to allow extra area for them to forage. They would be able to run into the run if any overhead preditors threatened. I think I would feel better about adding more chickens if they had a bigger run during the day.
All in all I’m very pleased. I think the coop will stand up well over time. The girls like it. They are well protected.
So there you go. Order an Omlet Eglu Cube. Gather the eggs. End of story.