Best Chicken Coops 2018 – Metal, Wooden, and Plastic Coops
While it is possible to build your own chicken coop from scratch, not everyone has the time to do so. Luckily, there are plenty of coops for sale these days, but not all of them are of decent quality.
Especially if you live somewhere where the weather tends to make an impact, a solid chicken coop make sure your chickens don’t die from cold / get eaten by predators / have their coop blown away. Some of the cheap low quality coops unfortunately suffer from these problems.
The best chicken coop design for you depends on where you live, and what you want to do with your chickens. I’ve selected the best coop I could find in 4 different categories, see below
|The Chicken Coop Company Chicken Coop||Wood||20+ chickens|
|IdealChoice Chicken Coop||Metal||20+ chickens|
|Pawhut Chicken Coop||Wood||3-4 chickens|
|Formex Snap Lock Chicken Coop||Plastic||6-9 chickens|
Individual reviews can be found below the Factors to Consider!
Factors to Consider
Getting the best chicken coop for your situation requires a little bit more than just picking whichever picture looks best. If you’re already a veteran you can skip this section, but if you’re new, you may want to read the following few topics.
As already hinted at before, where you live makes a big impact on what kind of coop you need, and where you should pay attention to. If it gets very cold, you’ll need a chicken coop with good insulation, or your electricity bill is going to be extremely high.
If you live in an area that has plenty of storms, you might want to go for one of the sturdier chicken coops. Don’t try to get a cheap import with flimsy wood, though you may even want to strengthen the coop you buy anyways.
Both rain and sunshine can be a real annoyance if you are trying to breed chicks,
There are some really fancy looking chicken coops for sale, but quite often that means that cleaning them will be a real hassle. Also, some coops have narrow gaps in the floor that cause the manure to get stuck, meaning you’ll never get rid of the smell.
Some coops come with removable manure trays, which makes cleaning a whole lot easier as well.
This one is less surprising and pretty straight forward. If you want to have multiple brooding hens, make sure that there are enough roosts inside the henhouse. Also depending on the breed of chickens you have, you may be able to fit either more or less chickens inside. Some breeds are naturally larger or smaller after all.
Depending on where you live you may need to keep in mind predators and everything else that happens nearby. Ideally you want your chicken coop to be in a place where they chickens won’t be disturbed, but that isn’t always possible. If there are nearby playing kids, or you may have predators nearby you’ll need a sturdier coop than otherwise.
The Chicken Coop Company Chicken Coop
With a brand name like that, it should come as no surprise that they specialize in chicken coops. Unlike some of the other smaller players, they do know how to build solid chicken coops. It’s also one of the biggest chicken coops on the market, at a total of 143 inch long x 68 inch wide x 67 inch tall. Inside the hen house are a total of 7 roosting rods split over the various compartments, and the run itself is one of the largest in the market, even extending under the henhouse.
You do need a pretty large yard to house this coop, so if you’re living in the city you’ll need to check out some of the smaller coops below. The entire structure has been painted with two coats, and can be painted over again without issue. There are vents on all sides of the henhouse, and if you remove the run the house itself can be relatively easily cleaned.
With the space in the hen house and run, the chicken coop should be able of housing about 20 chickens with ease.
- 143 inch long x 68 inch wide x 67 inch tall
- 7 roosting rods
- 225 lbs
- 20 chickens should fit inside the coop easily
- Comes with both instruction manual and video
IdealChoice Large Metal Chicken Coop
The IdealChoice Chicken Coop is the best chicken coop we could find without a hen house attached to it. If you want to breed chicks or control the environment then hen houses are of course a great tool. But if you either happen to live somewhere where you don’t need a hen house, or if you already have a hen house but want to provide a larger run for your chickens, then this is the chicken coop for you.
The area within the chicken run is a large 10 feet by 10 feet, which is more than double the second largest coop in this list. In case you want even more room, there’s a 20 feet by 10 feet coop available as well. The setup is pretty easy, and since the structure is from metal, it’s about the sturdiest coop you could possibly get. Since it’s so large, you can easily place one or multiple hen houses inside as well.
The coop comes with a sunscreen, which is very firmly attached to the frame. Because of that, it will hold even in pretty extreme weather, but the downside is that it’s not easy to remove the sunscreen while the coop is assembled.
- 12 feet x 12 feet
- Most spacious chicken coop, can hold dozens of chickens
- Steel tube frame
- Weather resistant screen included
- Hen house excluded
Pawhut Wooden Backyard Chicken Coop
The Pawhut Wooden Backyard Chicken Coop is the best small wooden chicken coop available on the market. I’ve written an extensive review before, so I’ll keep this short. The Pawhut can hold 3-4 mature chickens, has a net weight of 83 lbs, and its size is about 88 inch x 37 inch x 57 inch.
The Pawhut made this list due to being the best small wooden chicken coop, as well as being the best low budget option for a small chicken coop. Its main downside is that the set-up instructions are somewhat vague, which can make the initial set-up rather frustrating.
- Small low budget chicken coop
- Sturdy wooden frame
- 83 pounds
- 3-4 mature chickens
Formex Snap Lock Chicken Coop
The Formex Chicken Coop is basically a big hen house, and the hen house itself is about the largest that you can get. Up to 9 hens fit inside inside without trouble, and it comes with 3 36 inch rooster rods.
But what really sets apart the Formex chicken coop is that it is built from plastic instead of wood. This may seem like a bad idea, but the plastic is very thick, insulates very well, and is easy to clean. Because it is made from plastic, it also weighs just 65 pounds. Lastly, the Formex Chicken Coop is made in the USA, unlike most small chicken coops.
- Plastic chicken coop
- Very solid insulation
- 65 pounds
- 6-9 mature chickens
Chicken Coop Cleaning Guide
Keeping your chicken coop clean will help keeping the chickens healthy. Aside from that, clean chicken coops last longer as well. Cleaning a chicken coop isn’t that much work, though it helps to stay on top of it. Therefore I recommend the following daily tasks:
- Clean the manure trays if your chicken coop has them.
- Check the condition of the bedding if your chicken coop has bedding. Remove any clumped up or dirty pieces.
- Briefly check the condition of the entire chicken coop. If anything looks off, investigate.
- If the overall level of cleanliness in the chicken coop starts dropping too far, schedule a thorough cleaning session.
Every so often you’ll need to do a deep clean of your chicken coop. How often depends on your chickens, how many chickens you have, and what kind of chicken coop you got. There are some other factors (like the weather) as well, but I won’t go into them.
The point is, some people will need to deep clean their chicken coop a lot more often than others. Required cleaning frequency can vary from once every two weeks to twice a year. The best chicken coops above tend to not need as much deep cleaning, which is one of the reasons they made the list.
During a deep cleaning you want remove the chickens from the coop. After that remove anything from the coop that can be removed, and clean those items individually (or throw them away such as the bedding). With the bare coop left, you can use a water hose to thoroughly rinse all parts of the coop. After rinsing with just water, it is time to add a coop cleaner to the mix. Spray it everywhere liberally. Then wait a few minutes and once again rinse the chicken coop with water.
After that, you can put in everything back together. New bedding, all cleaned elements, and lastly the chickens. You should be good to go for time being again!