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Our Chicken Lodge Medium is made from recycled plastic and will hold a maximum of 5 large fowl or 9 bantams. It has 2 removable wooden perches. It is identical to the Chicken House, except that it has integral legs that raise it off the ground.The door is designed so that it won't trap dirt in the door slots, and it can be easily opened and closed, either manually or with a Chickenguard auto-opener. Access to inspect the birds can be gained via a full width back door which detaches using quick release pins. When the door is removed, there is no 'lip' on the floor edge. This, and the fact that the roof removes in seconds as well, makes regular cleaning a breeze. Access to the nesting box is quick and easy - just remove two quick release pins and lift off the lid. The entire nest box can be completely removed for cleaning by undoing more quick release pins.This lodge has permanent under-eave ventilatipon, as well as two adjustable circular vents. Even though the sides are made from black plastic, the house remains surprisingly cool, even in strong, direct summer sunlight. Being plastic, the houses require no maintenance. There are few crevices for pests (such as red mite) to hide in, and the house can be thoroughly cleaned very easily - in seconds if you have a pressure washer. And it will dry out very quickly, too.Carry handles are cut into the roof, so it is easy to move. But, even if you need to dismantle your hen house for any reason, perhaps because you are moving house for example, you can easily do so and then rebuild it just as easily. Your hen house will not be damaged by this process.
Poultry Club of Great Britain Guidelines indicate that this house would be suitable for 5 large fowl or 9 bantams. However, we prefer Soil Association Guidelines which require a little more space per bird, and suggest that it is ideal for up to 4 larger birds or 7 bantams.
AUTOMATIC OPENER (Optional Extra)
This house has been designed to work with a Chickenguard Automatic Opener. This simply bolts to the front of the house (holes are pre-drilled for you) and the cord attaches to a split ring in the door, replacing the manual draw cord and handle.
We supply the Chickenguard Premium opener, which has the following features:
- Auto Open - Specify Time or Light Level
- Auto Close - Specify Time or Light Level
- Manual Open and Close - Large Buttons
- Simple to set up and reliable to use
- Weatherproof housing
- Runs on 4 x AA batteries with low battery warning
- UK designed and manufactured
- 3 Year warranty
The Chickenguard opener can be bought with this product, or can be bought later (see our Spares/Accessories section). It costs more to buy later, as extra shipping costs will be incurred.
LEG SET, WHEEL SET & RUN
Sorry, but none of these options are available for our Lodges.
DROPPINGS TRAYS (Optional Extra)
Droppings Trays are offered as an optional extra for this product. In certain atmospheric conditions or if the chickens come into the house after being outside in the rain, condensation can form inside the house. Normally, this evaoprate or drains straight out of the house and is not a problem at all. However, if you use an absorbent bedding material such as newspaper or wood shavings, this will 'wick up' any moisture. This moisture will react with the droppings to give off ammonia, which is not good for the respiratory health of your birds.
The solution is really quite simple, and it is to use droppings trays to contain the bedding. Incidentally, we generally find that wood shavings are preferable to newspaper as a bedding/litter material.
Droppings trays also make it easier to clean the house. They are easy to to handle and you can simply tip the droppings and shavings into a wheelbarrow.
Our Droppings Traya are made from black recycled plastic (ABS - the same material used for car bumpers). We use 2.5mm thick ABS, which make trays quite rigid and surprisingly tough. The trays are approximately 25mm (one inch) deep, so hold a decent quantity of bedding, such as wood shavings. The surfaces are smooth and they have sloping sides, so they are easy to clean and can be stacked if required. Please note that the trays are not an exact fit, and there will be small gaps between the edges of the trays and the sides of the house.
The house is made primarily from 9mm thick recycled polyethylene (the roofs and nest box lids are made from 6mm). It is delivered flat-packed and can be quickly assembled by following the comprehensive instructions in our User Guide - you should allow about an hour for this if it is the first time you have assembled one of our houses. Most parts are held together using clips made from our own waste plastic, though quick release clips (linch pins) and some other parts are metal..
Overall Dimensions: 106 (w) x 100 (h) x 137 (d) cm (including ramp, roof overhang and nest boxes)
House Dimensions: 78 (w) x 100 (h) x 100 (d) cm (excluding ramp, roof overhang and nest boxes)
Internal Floorspace: 59 (w) x 80 (d) cm (excluding nest boxes)
Nest Boxes: 2, each 28 (w) x 23-30 (h) x 30 (d) cm (internal measurement)
Ground Clearance: 22.5cm
Perches: 2 wooden perches, each 59cm usable length
This product is available in Green, Blue or Yellow.
This colour applies to the roof and the nest box lid only - all other plastic parts are black.
The door is aluminium (unpainted).
|Here is the User Guide for this product. It includes full assembly instructions||.|
I purchased this house for my girls, plus the automatic door opener. It took me and the hubby about an hour to put together. The girls have been using it now for the past month and they love it. The ease of cleaning it out is fantastic. No more bending down and hurting my back.
Would recommend whole heartedly.
Thank you Green Frog Designs! Unknown on 3rd Dec 2017
LOVE LOVE LOVE our new hen lodge, which arrived super quick and took my son and I about an hour to assemble. We've had wooden coop's in the past but cleaning them (and getting them dry in winter) was a real chore, plus we got the dreaded red mite which was impossible to eradicate. Cleaning is now a 5 minute job (the litter trays are a must). We also purchased the automatic door opener which is fantastic.
We have an automatic feeder, so when we go on holiday all our neighbours have to do is give our girls fresh water and enjoy their eggs!
Do not use Poultry Shield when cleaning the automatic door, it will tarnish it.
I would highly recommend. Amanda on 8th Nov 2017
A great hen house after a collection of wooden ones I've owned....so much easier to maintain...daily cleaning out is a doddle and no more red mites!! [definitley recommend the litter trays]
I have 3 small hens and 2 large ones....perfect size for them though not sure it could comfortably accommodate any more...
I didn't tackle the assembly part on my own but my very handy partner had it up and ready in an hour.
Totally waterproof, looks good in the garden....and my hens love it.....all laying every day..Great and worth spending that bit extra. Hopefully it wll last forever! Helen on 24th Aug 2017
I was nervous about putting the product together but the instructions were very helpful and really clear. It took less time than I thought it would. The finished product is really high quality and I had excellent fast response to an issue I had with the product, which was that the new door model had been fitted. It's easy to clean and very hygienic. I'm glad I bought the trays for an extra £20 as this makes it very easy to clean. I installed the automatic door opener afterwards and am very happy I got this, now I can have lie-ins again! Chris Neale on 26th Jul 2017
Having bought the large chicken lodge approximately 5 years ago and its still going strong, I decided to buy a medium one for my bantam hens. Having a very handy husband who put the large one up with ease he presumed the new one would be the same but it wasn't quite as straightforward. The instructions were misleading in some instances and the first job was to use the 9 nuts which were missing, fortunately we have a DIY store just down the road so were able to get some. The design I feel is not quite as good as the first one I purchased 5 years ago. The door is now metal and not plastic and the edge is very sharp. [GFD - Apologies for the missing nuts. The door edges are laser cut and to say they are very sharp is incorrect.]
Having said all of the above I am still very happy with my purchase and I know it will last me years. Unknown on 14th Jan 2017