Stylish Choice of ColorsCons
Leaky Not Fox or Rat Proof Expensive CrampedVerdict
If you wan to keep your chickens safe and dry then spend your money on something more traditional!
Eglu Coops - Are they Worth the Money?
The Eglu is a modern plastic chicken coop that looks very stylish and promises to deliver on quality, they retail for around $300 so you'd expect them to be as practical as they are stylish... Unfortunately this just wasn't the case!
First I noticed that the door isn't waterproof during heavy rain. Considering that not many chicken coops are housed inside you'd think that being able to brave the elements would be a key design consideration, apparently not! Not only does this let in water but when it gets really cold the door freezes shut and my poor girls are trapped inside! The Eglu does keep them warm as it is insulated but it doesn't keep me warm when I'm frantically trying to free my birds and get to work on time! Of course being made of plastic (and lets in water) means that you can't just pour boiling water on it to free it up!
Even if you're fortunate enough to live in a hot place with no rain you will still face the other problems I have found with this coop. The Eglu is sold as "Fox Proof" but the run has quite an obvious flaw... The gaps in the wire are large enough for a chicken to stick its head through! My girls love to peck at anything and everything and would quite often stick their heads through the gaps in the wire. I've never had a problem with foxes in my yard as it's surrounded by a very high. But if your garden isn't secure enough to keep foxes out then your birds will be at risk and this defeats the point of having a chicken run! These large gaps are also wide enough for mice and rats to enter with ease, unfortunately chickens are messy eaters and the spilt grain and feed is a huge attraction for rodents. The only solution, spend more money on chicken wire to do the job properly!
So all in all the Eglu looks good but doesn't perform well at all, I'd recommend spending your money on something more traditional which has stood the test of time and lives up to the job at hand.
In the end I scrapped the Eglu and bought this handcrafted coop for $399 on Amazon... I haven't had any problems with it and it gives my girls much more room.
It's portable, safe and waterproof! Really that's all I'm asking for and it looks good, maybe not as modern and stylish as the Eglu but to be honest the Eglu did look a bit out of place amongst the other coops and runs in my yard! It also has a nesting box which is a feature that the Eglu didn't have. They seem so much happier and so am I!
The other benefit to sticking to a traditional wooden coop is that if something breaks you can botch up a repair in no time with a bit of wood, a few nails and some chicken wire! I'm not sure how I'd go about fixing a plastic coop, maybe with a puncture repair kit?!
So much for moving with the times, I guess the old saying is true... if it aint broke, don't try to fix it!
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