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What is a chicken coop and what are the benefits to us?

A chicken coop sympathetically houses your chickens, keeping them safe from predators such as foxes (fox repellents help too) as well as keeping them happy and content. It’s a safe place to feed and drink, lay eggs (crucially for us) and in general keep the wellbeing of our chooks top notch. If you have the time, a chicken coop is easy to make but comes with the draw backs of being pricier compared to one off the shelf.

There are many factors that go into the rise in popularity of keeping your own chickens. For some, the idea of getting their eggs as fresh as they come, without the risk of any ‘tampering’ being done on them before they arrive in the supermarket is a big draw to this pastime.

For me though it’s getting the kids involved they absolutely love our chickens. They spend all morning waiting for them to lay an egg (if they are out there early enough).

Lillie with our best chicken coop that the kids can collect eggs from easily.

For others it’s a combination of this plus the ethical side of it. We have all seen the videos of thousands of chickens crammed into factory farm cages, in conditions that are quite shocking for some. Rearing your own chickens, especially rescue chickens, in a roomy chicken coop in your garden seems like a much better option. Our chickens are really happy and that does make me feel a great deal better about eating our eggs.

Happy kids and happy well fed and looked after chickens

Keeping chickens is a nice mix of having a pet and personal farming. It’s a great way to get your kids interested in nature and also to teach them about caring for other living creatures and the value of hard work. Here’s a handy article for the laws of keeping chickens too.

To get the most out of your chickens, they need a place of their own to perch on at night. A place where they feel safe and secure. In other words, they need a good chicken coop. To learn more about rearing chickens in the garden please see the link provided and also, the pitfalls of chickens in the garden.

Below you will find reviews of the most popular chicken coops in the UK and some hints and tips in the form of a best chicken coop buyer’s guide too.

So what are we waiting for? Let’s dive right in with the reviews section.

Best chicken coop top picks

  1. Pets Imperial® Wentworth Large Chicken Coop (My pick for the best chicken coop)
  2. FeelGoodUK Coop House Chicken Coop, Large (Best value chicken coop)
  3. Cocoon HALF MOON CHICKEN COOP (Best designed chicken coop for easy access and cleaning)
  4. FeelGoodUK CHICKEN COOP & Run
  5. COCOON CHICKEN COOP ECO ROOF HEN HOUSE

Best Chicken Coops

Comparison table: 5 best chicken coops in the UK: top large chicken coops compared

ProductWhat We ThinkRatingPrice

COCOON CHICKEN COOP ECO ROOF HEN HOUSE

“The more traditional looking COCOON CHICKEN COOP ECO ROOF HEN HOUSE is quite different to most coops in this review. When you compare them, this is a raised platform with plastic capped feet thus ensuring a fat longer lasting chicken coop. Whilst not the cheapest, you are certainly getting sensible value for money in terms of a better quality product.”

4.5/5 from 50 reviews

FeelGoodUK CHICKEN COOP & Run

“I quite like the FeelGoodUK CHICKEN COOP & Run for a number of reasons. Firstly it’s a genuine solution to an integrated coop and run for four chickens which will keep them completely safe. The next reason I like it is the price. With the cost of timber spiralling at the moment, you’re getting sensible value for money and a complete solution for four to five chickens”

4.3/5 from 304 reviews

Cocoon HALF MOON CHICKEN COOP

“The Cocoon HALF MOON CHICKEN COOP is an interesting looking chicken coop. That’s not why it made my top picks though, I really like the fact it’s got a double nest box and a removable plastic floor that cleans up pretty nicely. When you walk around this chicken coop the first thing that’ll strike you is this was designed and built by someone that keeps chickens. When you compare this chicken coop to other small details were considered like a fox proof lock on the round door. You’ll feel comfortable with 3-4 chickens in this coop. Despite the considerable price increase from last year the ratings are going up compared to other coops signifying it's still better value for money than other alternatives out there at the moment.”

4.3/5 from 54 reviews

FeelGoodUK Coop House Chicken Coop, Large

“Despite not being my best pick, I do feel like the FeelGoodUK Coop House Chicken Coop, Large is the best value. There’s been some feedback that this coop doesn’t do so well outside but on close inspection the timber is pressure treated so should not be a problem. Pound for pound, this is my top value pick in the UK at the moment as far as how many birds you can keep for the price. The rating has been steadily increasing online over the last year too, indicating to me the teething problems of earlier models are now fixed.”

4.2/5 from 306 reviews

Pets Imperial® Wentworth Large Chicken Coop

“For my top pick for best chicken coop I went with the Pets Imperial Wentworth Large Chicken Coop. Now I know it’s large, but I would only recommend four chickens from personal experience. We had five in there and I think it was too much. The birds laid nicely in this coop so irrespective of the fact I thought it was a little on the flimsy side at the start, it clearly turned out to be the best for my chickens, which after all is what matters. I had two coops running side by side and they laid better in this one.” Terry Smith

4.2/5 from 240 reviews

One thing that you have to be careful of when raising and keeping chickens is possible attacks by foxes, especially if you are living on the edge of town or in the countryside.

Pets Imperial have thought this through with this model and added a galvanised mesh around the enclosure that has been reinforced to keep those intruders out.

There’s room for about 4 birds to live comfortably in this chicken coop but I wouldn’t say more than that. Inside the main hut there are 2 removable perches and a dirt tray made of galvanised steel that can be pulled out and cleaned. A good design feature of this Wentworth deluxe chicken coop is that the dirt tray doesn’t double up as the actual floor, and there is a wooden floor under it when compared to the FeelGoodUK. This means that it is safer for your birds when you remove the tray as they won’t fall all the way through. Here’s a look at this coop:

4 chickens is just the right number in this coop

On the front of the main hut there is a good sized, sliding door that is also lockable and a ramp in front of it for the chickens to use to get down to the enclosure. In addition to this there is another door on the side with Perspex windows and this could be used to let your birds out of the chicken coop to roam freely around the garden – if you like.

The roof of the whole coop is hinged and can be opened up to get easy access for feeding and just having a look at your chucks. The hinges used didn’t seem like the highest quality I’ve ever seen so I would recommend replacing them after a while if you decide to go for this otherwise very good value chicken coop.

The dimensions of the Wentworth Deluxe chicken coop are 203cm x 75cm x 103cm and it is made out of pre-treated wood to protect it from the elements so that saves you a job. You still have to assemble the coop yourself though but thanks to good instructions and no problems with things not lining up, you can get this thing up within a couple of hours.

Once up, the structure felt reasonably solid but just to be on the safe side I would reinforce it a little as the UK’s strong winds and wet weather could cause it problems over time.

For those of you who wish to let your chickens roam free around the yard during the day and just need a nice place for them to perch, or if you want something to put inside a larger enclosure, you can’t really go wrong with this chicken coop from FeelgoodUK.

Standing 90cm high, 115cm wide (at the widest part), and 85cm deep, there should be enough room in here to keep up to 4 chickens according to guidelines set out by the RSPCA. When I compare this to the other FeelGoodUK chicken coop and run, I do think size wise this could be better value.

There are three lockable hinged doors, a smaller one on the front and back, and a larger one on the side, and they act as ramps once opened making it easier for the chickens to come and go. If you don’t wish to use the side door, you can buy and set up a second nesting area here instead, sitting directly opposite the other nesting area on the other side.

Inside this chicken coop are three roosting perches and galvanised steel dirt tray that can be easily slid out for easy cleaning. The nesting boxes did seem a little small to me but thankfully the divider can be removed making this an easy solution.

The chicken coop arrived as a flat pack but didn’t take too long to assemble. The screws and holes are all aligned properly so there was no need to wrestle things into place and the whole thing took me about 45 minutes working at a medium pace. There was a problem with the instructions for the side panels as the drawings had been done upside down, but it was still easy to figure out.

The wooden panels are made from fir, but they are a little on the thin side and also not really coated well enough to be weatherproof so I would suggest two things. First, get some wood seal or paint and coat the wood before you build the chicken coop. It won’t take long to do and will prolong the working life of the coop by more than you can imagine (I would suggest doing this for most, if not all newly bought, wooden constructions).

Secondly, when the weather starts to get chillier you should think about using some kind of insulation on the chicken coop to keep your little egg laying wonders snug and happy.

While not perfect, and having a few minor faults, this is still a good, affordable, chicken coop that is easy to assemble, and should last as long as you prep it for weather before construction.

Not keen on the traditional look of most chicken coops and are looking for something a bit more aesthetically pleasing?

The half-moon chicken coop from Cocoon is a beautifully designed home for a small number of chickens (3-4) to live in and just like the other picks in this guide you’re getting sensible value for money. The curved lines that are a major part of the design really help to make this coop feel special, and would suit someone who enjoys modern, stylish garden features.

To keep predators at bay, and your chickens safe, there is wire mesh protecting the running area, and a fox proof lock on the main door which has also been given a round design to keep up with the rest of the chicken coops original look. On the side of the coop there is a double nest box with a hinged lid for easy access that can also be locked for safety.

The roof on both the sleeping area and the running enclosure can also be opened up to provide ventilation or to help with cleaning the chicken coop.

The chicken coop arrives in a flat pack and the instructions advise weatherproofing the wood before building it, so that’s what we did. Actual construction only took about an hour or so and was fairly straightforward, and it was good to see that Cocoon had included spare screws just in case.

I have to say though, that even after weatherproofing the wood and building the chicken coop as well as we could, it rained on the first night it was up and there was a small leak in the nest box. It was easily sorted with a bit of plastic sheet, but I still have to knock a point off for it.

The floor of the coop is made of plastic and it is removable and washable. It does what it is supposed to and does it well, but personally I prefer metal pull out trays as they tend to be more durable, and I’m surprised that Cocoon didn’t make theirs out of that material instead.

This chicken coop is priced at around the same as our two previously reviewed products, but I have to say that the build quality isn’t quite up to the standards of those, and I think you are paying more for the looks of this coop rather than the substance.

I’m not saying this coop is not any good, because it is a very nice product, I’m just saying that it isn’t exactly on par quality-wise with others in the same price range when you really look at all the smaller parts. Still, it is light years ahead in the appearance department. I guess it all just comes down to what you are looking for.

Our next review is another quality product from FeelGoodUK that combines a spacious design with quality workmanship, all for under a hundred and fifteen pounds.

What I really like about this chicken coop is that the main house is raised up quite high and this increases the area of run for the chickens and enjoys the full 175cm x 95cm of space to exercise in. Some models of chicken coop have a run that is barely big enough for one or two animals, but the clever use of space in this product has ensured that a few good sized birds would be happy pottering around in it. They can also get easy access to the run by using the good sized ramp that leads from the door of the coop.

The whole run area is enclosed in and protected by wire mesh within a sturdy wooden frame and should be enough to keep your mind at rest when it comes to predators coming for your birds in the night. The doors are all lockable and feel solid enough to offer extra protection on top of the wire mesh.

On the side of the main coop sits a large nest box that has two nesting sections and this also comes with a lock for its lifting roof. Inside the chicken coop you will find a galvanised steel floor that slides out and acts as a dirt tray just like most other modern designs.

Overall workmanship on this FeelGoodUK chicken coop is really well done and the tongue and groove style panels slipped together easily when I was setting it up. The wood has already been treated to be anti-mould/fungal but I would still give it another coat of stain after a couple of months just to make sure.

Once built, this was probably the sturdiest of all our reviewed coops here on this page and I felt confident that I could leave it out in strong winds without it falling apart. I would probably reinforce the run with an extra layer of mesh and upgrade the locks just to be on the safe side when it comes to foxes, but apart from that, this coop and run arrives in a very usable state, as is.

We bring our reviews section to a close with this model from Cocoon, priced at £129.99 on Amazon at the time of writing.

Although this chicken coop model doesn’t include a run, it does have a feature that makes it stand out from our other reviews. We are, of course, talking about the fact that this coop has not just a single nest box, but two, and these are double sized nest boxes too.

Both nest boxes have roofs that can be lifted up and locked, and both of them are covered with the same ECO corrugated plastic that covers the rest of the main chicken coop. This plastic is strong and secure, good for the environment, and very waterproof.

The only problem with the main roof is that, unlike the nest boxes, it can’t be opened and this makes cleaning the chicken coop out harder than it could be.

The main door on the front of the coop slides up to open and there is a ramp to guide your chickens down to the ground from there. Above the door is another sliding door, this time to provide ventilation to the inner chicken coop. This ventilation window is covered and protected with wire mesh.

Other extra features include a slide out metal floor/dirt box, and plastic covers for the feet of the coop to protect them from mould and rot. How effective they will be in the long run, I can’t say but it’s always good that makers are trying to limit natural wear and tear as best they can.

As with a lot of these products, a look at the instructions will tell you that you need to treat the wood to protect it from the weather or you’ll probably be complaining about rot, warping and other weather related damage once autumn and winter roll along.

The instructions for constructing this chicken coop weren’t exactly great but decent enough for me, and I had no trouble building it, and the overall structure felt strong despite my initial concerns over the lack of weight.

To sum up, this is a well-designed chicken coop that offers the nice feature of having two nest boxes and a nice eco plastic roof. However, just like the other Cocoon chicken coop we reviewed, the level of finish and some of the materials used aren’t quite up to the standard of their main competition.

Chicken Coop Buyer’s Guide

What is there to know about chicken coops? They’re just boxes with chickens in them right?
Well, no they’re not, and you should educate yourself by reading this little buyer’s guide so that you know the product you are buying is worth the money you are paying for it. Here are a few aspects you should be aware of.

Size

How many chickens do you have, or intend to have? How big are they? How much space do you have in your garden?

These are the very first questions to ask yourself before you even start looking for a chicken coop. Then you should check out the dimensions of the products you are interested in to see if they would offer enough room for your birds.

It is also important that you take into account the design of the chicken coop when looking at dimensions. Two products may have the same dimensions on paper, but one might have half of that space taken up by the run while the other is the size of the coop only.

Coop only or Coop and run – value compared?

Some models are chicken coop only and don’t have a protected area (known as a run) for the chickens to walk around in. This means that you will either have to let them walk freely around your garden, or build an enclosure for them. When you compare the complete set together you’ll notice you almost always get better value benefitting from economies of scale to coin a phrase.

If you opt for a coop and run design, try to get one where the coop is raised sufficiently off the ground so that the chickens can enjoy the extra space underneath.

Materials and finish

This is important for all products, but especially wooden ones that will sit outside. Good quality wood that has already been treated is ideal, but you will probably find that most low priced chicken coops will require you to paint or stain the wood yourself to protect it.

The little details like the quality of the handles on the doors, or the locking mechanisms is also important and the best way to learn about these is to read customer reviews.

Extra Features

Good features to look out for are floors that slide out to be cleaned easily, waterproof roof materials such as plastic or asphalt, high quality mesh for protecting the run, and large, or even better, multiple nesting boxes. Removable roofs or at least ones that can be lifted are desirable, again for cleaning purposes, and ventilation windows that protect against intruders are also good features.

So, there you have it. A fairly comprehensive look at the best chicken coops here in the UK. We hope you have enjoyed this page, and would like to explore our site some more. We have dozens of pages of reviews and buying guides on just about every gardening product you can imagine so feel free to dive right in.