Pre-Fab Chicken Coops
When we were looking for a barn, we found a chicken coop. More and more of our neighbors are raising chickens. We hear roosters from every direction in the morning and we see chickens in fenced yards every time we walk the dog.
The Chicken Coop Collection
Carolina Storage Solutions has The Chicken Coop Collection. They sell four chicken coop models in three sizes.
They all start with the same chicken coop, the Standard Quaker Coop. It is available as 4′ x 8′, 6′ x 8′ or 8′ x 12′.
The standard does not have any run at all.
There are three different run options.
With a Lower Run, the run is under the chicken coop.
The one they have on display has the Mini Run.
The Quaker Run is the same height as the coop.
The run size is the same size as coop. So, a 4′ x 8′ chicken coop has a 4′ x 8′ run, a 6′ x 8′ chicken coop has a 6′ x 8′ run and a 8′ x 12′ coop has a 8′ x 12′ run.
Every chicken coop comes with these features.
- Two Windows
- One Entry Door
- One Chicken Door w/ Ramp
- Nesting Boxes w/ Exterior Egg Access
- Drop Vent
- LP SmartSide Siding (50 yr. warranty)
- Metal or Shingle Roof
- Siding & Trim Paint Colors
This is the door for you to go into the chicken coop.
This is the door from the chicken coop into the run. It comes with a ramp. Chickens can jump down, but they need the ramp to get back in.
This shows the Drop Vent open. The drop vent is to give the chicken coop more ventilation when it is hot out.
This shows the Drop Vent closed. Close the drop vent when the weather is too bad.
Run Features: (Mini & Quaker)
- One Fence Door
- Metal or Shingle Roof
There is a door in the run to let your chickens go into a larger fenced area. When it gets darker, the chickens will go in and you shut the fence door to keep out predators.
I found this article on what to look for in a chicken coop on the Carolina Storage Solutions blog.
Chicken Coops for Preppers
Posted on June 1, 2012
What features do you look for? Nesting boxes and an enclosed section with a floor, the chickens need a place to get out of the weather and a place to lay their eggs. Also depending on where you live they may need protection from predators. Well designed chicken coops will have a pick up tray to make gathering eggs easier. Easy access should be provided for the chickens to get in and out. Most portable chicken coops have some kind of skids to slide on when moved. And last but not least a pen. You will need a wire pen that is either part of the chicken coop or can be easily attached or re-attached when the coop is moved.
They wrote the post back in 2012.
This chicken coop has all the features they recommend, a safe dry place to lay eggs and keep safe from predators.
A hinged lid to get the eggs without going into the coop.
And a wire enclosed run under the coop and a roofed run on the side of the coop.
You can see the run under the coop better here.