Plastic coops- which ones take rollaway nestbox inserts?

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Plastic coops- which ones take rollaway nestbox inserts?

Postby Icemaiden » Thu Oct 23, 2014 10:22 pm

It looks as though my four girls will be asking for a new coop for Christmas, as their midi dell is letting the rain in.
I'd built a new nest box to accommodate rollaway inserts, to prevent egg eating, but am struggling to find a new plastic coop whose nest box will take them.

I'd love a Green Frog, but only the most expensive ones can take a roll away next box, & these sit low to the ground, which will give me back problems when cleaning. Can anyone suggest a plastic coop, with rollaway nest box, the coop sitting 30cm or more off the ground, suitable for 4 - 6 large fowl (no more than that!)?
Ideally I'd like it to be as far under £400 as possible... 8-)
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Re: Plastic coops- which ones take rollaway nestbox inserts?

Postby chrismahon » Fri Oct 24, 2014 7:11 am

I'm not answering your question as such Icemaiden but I bought Margaid's Solway in August and shipped it back home in the van. It has been modified with a nest box having a rollaway facility so perhaps you could PM for supplier details? On the height issue, just put any coop onto a simple frame to raise it. I am struggling with a persistent (and probably permanent) back injury. Fortunately our coops are 450mm off the ground and that is an ideal height for cleaning. It's also a good height for the birds to go underneath and shelter or soil bathe.

Why not treat yourself and the girls and get an expensive coop for Christmas?
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Re: Plastic coops- which ones take rollaway nestbox inserts?

Postby Marigold » Fri Oct 24, 2014 7:54 am

Do you have a confirmed egg eater in your flock? If so, you might consider dealing with that problem and culling her, then you would have no need for rollaways. Most hens lay perfectly well in ordinary nestboxes with no need for adaptations.
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Re: Plastic coops- which ones take rollaway nestbox inserts?

Postby Icemaiden » Fri Oct 24, 2014 9:56 pm

Marigold- you're the last person I'd have expected to suggest that!
My last eater of hard shelled eggs was despatched for me by 4 legged fiend, but all of the girls pile in when a soft shelled egg is laid, so the rollaway nest box is mainly to prevent bad habits from developing as they did in the past. I wouldn't have the heart to cull one of the girls unless she had no quality of life. Hence I'm currently buying eggs rather than replacing my hensioner with more youngsters. 0:-)

I'll drop Solway a line & see what they can come up with. Thanks for the heads-up, Chris.
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Re: Plastic coops- which ones take rollaway nestbox inserts?

Postby Margaid » Fri Jul 31, 2015 6:46 pm

It was a very old design Icemaiden and had a silly little internal nestbox. We took it out and OH cut a hole in the side ot fit an external Chickbox. The rollaway insert is an optional extra and I'm fortunate that they're made here - they put one together for me so I could check I could reach the eggs from outside if I had the rollaway insert fitted. I'm 5' tall and not exactly built for reaching right through the nest box. (Chris don't you dare laugh!)

My other house was built for me by the local timber merchant and I had it constructed so I could fit three external Chickboxes. I liked the fact that they were plastic, easily removed for cleaning and could also be easily shut off to stop the hens sleeping in there if necessary.
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