Look Inside A Chicken Coop in the Photos Above
Some Frequently Asked Questions
Why don’t you have a ramp for the chickens?
Research and experience show that chickens don’t need a ramp as long as the roosting poles are less than 18 inches off the ground or from one another. Our lower roosting poles are at 12″ and the upper pole is 12″ above that. Some chickens just fly up to the upper pole, but some, such as bantams, first jump to the 12″ high poles and then up to the upper pole.
Eliminating the ramp keeps the coop that much cleaner… and that saves time! Look inside a chicken coop and see just how clean and open it is.
How do the hens stay warm in your coop?
As long as chickens’ feathers don’t get ruffled by breezy drafts, they can keep themselves warm by puffing out their feathers. In short, coldness doesn’t affect hens. But, should it be cold AND moist in the coop, hens may get frostbite. Moistness gathers from their droppings and some from their breathing. That is why it is important to have ventilation in the coop.
Our roosting poles are located in the solid part of our coops, so the hens are protected from breezes. In particularly cold areas, people sometimes put covers over the screens or purchase our Winter Covers.
How do you access the eggs?
Both sides of the roof are hinged and easily lift up. You can either just reach in and grab them or prop the roof open with the included rod.
Why don’t you have window to let light into your coop?
The screens along the lower foot of the coop, as well as the roof vent, allow a lot of light into the coop, so there is no need for a window.
How many hens does the coop REALLY hold?
The coop is perfect for 2 to 4 hens regular sized hens. There is roosting pole space for 6 hens, but it will be crowded. Usually, that isn’t a problem because the hens are like puppies and sleep right next to each other. In the summer, though, they may sleep farther apart. Sometimes a few hens don’t get along. In that case, you’ll find them more than 12″ apart on the roosting pole, or on a different pole. The Smart Coop has 74″ of roosting pole space and 12″ per hen is the rule of thumb. Thus, it holds up to 6 hens.