Pawhut Wooden Backyard Chicken Coop Review
The Pawhut Wooden Backyard Chicken Coop is one of the most popular chicken coops. Pawhut produces a wide range of chicken coops. Most of the Pawhut chicken coops are usually a bit cheaper than the competition, as they are made in China. Still, they are very popular, with Walmart, Sears, Wayfair, and Amazon all offering multiple Pawhut chicken coops. We also got a comparison of the best chicken coops as well.
The Pawhut Wooden Backyard Chicken Coop construction
The construction of the Pawhut Chicken Coop takes roughly 2-4 hours. The instructions are a bit vague, and may seem IKEA-like. Still, it isn’t too difficult to set the Pawhut Chicken Coop up. It can be a bit confusing or frustrating though.
When setting up the Pawhut Chicken Coop you may notice that the screws are a bit short. Personally I would advice to use longer screws, especially for the ramp. The included screws do not seem too strong. When using longer screws the end product does seem very stable.
The Pawhut Wooden Backyard Chicken Coop capacity
The Pawhut Chicken Coop can easily hold 3 mature chickens. If your breed isn’t too large, 4 to 5 may fit in the hen house. The run is relatively small compares to the coop, so if you have a yard that allows some walking room for the chickens it is easier to fit more chickens in the Pawhut Chicken Coop. Due to the relatively small run, the Pawhut Chicken Coop is especially good for bantams.
If you have a larger chicken breed, even with an extra yard to allow the chickens to run in, it may not be a good idea to put more than 3 chickens in the Pawhut Chicken Coop. The coop capacity is optimal for starting backyard farmers.
The Pawhut Wooden Backyard Chicken Coop temperature insulation
The Pawhut Chicken Coop holds its own very well in the winter. The insulation is actually pretty good. Although if you live in a very cold area, you may want to add some extra insulating materials. All the doors can be closed and locked from the outside with small metal rods (included). So there is no reason to worry about the chickens opening the coop and letting the cold inside.
The Pawhut Wooden Backyard Chicken Coop design
Aside from the earlier mentioned small screws, the wood itself seems a bit thin. It is still sturdy enough, especially when it is standing still. It should also hold its own against strong winds. However, it may not be a good idea to play baseball right next to the Pawhut Chicken Coop. If you have a very volatile local climate, you may want to strengthen the frame a bit.
The size of the entire chicken coop is 83.25 inch long, 35.5 inch wide, and 48 inch high. The sizes of the individual parts can be seen in the key spec overview, found below. Overall it is a nice comfortable coop for 3-4 chickens that doesn’t take too much space. The Pawhut Chicken Coop can also easily be placed against a wall or even a corner. The coop weighs a total of 83 lbs, which still allows you to move it around with two people.
The chicken coop includes a removable manure tray which makes cleaning a whole lot easier. The tray does its job very well, I don’t see anything wrong with it. Besides that, the wire of the chicken coop is surprisingly strong, and the chance of predators going through seems very small.
Overall the Pawhut Chicken Coop is decently solid, and keeping in mind it comes for a cheap price from China, it isn’t anything to complain about.
Key spec overview
- Color: Green
- Insulation: Good
- Capacity: 3-4 mature chickens
- Overall Dimensions:25″L x 35.5″W x 48″H
- 2 Grid Egg Box:75″L x 30.75″W x 13″H
- Main Nest Door: 27″L x 35.5″W x 48″H
- Running Box Door: 67″L x 35.5″W x 35″H
- Inside Door:75″L x 14.75″W
- Climbing Ladder Size: 30″L x 7″W x 1″H
- Waste Tray: 30″L x 20.5″W x 1.25″H
- Net Weight: 83lbs
- Material: China Fir Wood
The Pawhut Wooden Backyard Chicken Coop is one of the cheaper options when it comes to buying chicken coops, and it delivers a solid product. The biggest weaknesses, the small screws and the thin wood, can be easily reinforced. With that, the Pawhut Chicken Coop is one of the best low-cost chicken coops available. So if you are looking for a cheap chicken coop for 3-4 mature chickens, the Pawhut Chicken Coop is most likely your best option (Amazon link). If you are looking for a larger chicken coop, you may want to check out my Formex Snap Lock Chicken Coop Review
If you want to try out building your own chicken coop instead, I can recommend this DIY Chicken Coops book (Amazon link).