CHICKEN COOPS THAT ARE CHICKEN AND KEEPER 'FRIENDLY'
HAYDOCK HEN COOPS ARE DESIGNED TO BE BOTH CHICKEN AND KEEPER 'FRIENDLY'
The Haydock Chicken Coop is the latest in the evolution of this style of housing, which I first designed and brought to market nearly 40 years ago. The Haydock Coops have features that during those 40 years of being both a chicken keeper and a full time chicken coop maker, I knew would make this coop both chicken and keeper ‘friendly’.
As a hen keeper, I know that if coop cleaning is awkward then it is likely to be done half-heartedly or worse still not at all. On both counts, the hens welfare is being compromised which in turn leads to reduced egg laying. I have incorporated as many features as I can into the Haydock hen coops to ensure the functionality for both the hen keeper and more importantly the hens.
Currently there are four sizes of Haydock Hen Coops, 5, 10, 15 and 20, laying hens, or a proportionate number of bantams or large fowl. ...
THE HAYDOCK HEN COOP FROM THE HEN KEEPERS VANTAGE
NEST SHUTTER The Haydock coops nests are fitted with night shutters, which stop the hens occupying the nest overnight, so stopping overnight nest fouling. If not addressed the mess get smeared on the birds but more scarcely on the eggs. It is not well known, that it is unsafe to wash eggs. The shells are partly porous which allows bacteria carrying moisture to penetrate the egg shell. Being creatures of habit, after just a few weeks of using the shutters, the birds inevitably use the perching supplied. That being the case you can then stop using the shutters.
ROB NOTE: If you find ‘out of nest eggs’ soiled or cracked eggs, BIN THEM.
ACCESS To enhance cleaning access and red-mite control, the entire nest bank lifts off, as does the wall opposite, one side of the roof opens, the middle section of the floor removes, as does the perch bars. In short, there is nowhere in this coop you cannot easily access for cleaning.
THE HAYDOCK HEN COOP FROM THE CHICKENS VANTAGE.
NESTING Derived from jungle fowl, the modern hen retains a hankering to make its nest at ground level hidden in the undergrowth, where it would scratch a rudimental nest in the ground litter. The Haydock coop panders to that primitive need by having the nest set below floor level.
At dusk jungle fowl would seek out a high tree branch on which to overnight. With the top birds, taking the highest and therefore deemed the safest perching. The Haydock coop has stout claw sized*, removable perching, set on two levels, so even the hens at the bottom of the pecking order still get a perch.
* Wrong sized perching can lead to breast deformities.
Airflow is far more important than is generally appreciated. Overnight a cluster of hens will generate a lot of heat that coupled with the methane, given off by any accumulated droppings, will cause serious repertory problems for the hens.
The rising, warm, stale air is expelled from the coop via the vented ridge, which sets up a convection current, with fresh cooler air being dragged into the coop via inlets built in under the eaves.
ROB NOTE: Please DO NOT cover the vent’s, even in the winter.
With 3 nests and 2.5mt of perching the Haydock 1000 Chicken Coop provides housing for up to 15 Bantams, or 10 Laying Hens and with the optional Large Fowl Modification (see options) 6 large fowl birds including a cockerel.
With 4 nests and 2.4mt of perching the Haydock 1300 Chicken Coop provides housing for up to 20 Bantams, or 15 Laying Hens and with the optional Large Fowl Modification (see options) 8 Large Fowl birds including a cockerel.
With 5 nests and 4.3mt of perching the Haydock 1600 Chicken Coop provides housing for up to 25 Bantams, or 20 Laying Hens and with the optional Large Fowl Modification (see options) 10 Large Fowl birds including a cockerel.
When it comes to fowl housing I am of the opinion that to design, build and then ultimately market functional chicken housing worth the name you need to have been a poultry keeper. Being a ’Good Lifer’ in the late seventies I kept chicken and made my own housing. Initially making mistakes, mainly because I arrogantly assumed I knew more about what a chicken needed than the chicken did. The HAYDOCKS are the culmination of forty years of chicken keeping and building and selling poultry housing.
- Granddad Rob
TAKE A LOOK AT THE FEATURES INCLUDED
The removable nest assemble is fitted with night shutters, barring the birds access to the nests overnight, stopping night soiling and egg spoiling.
The nest assembly and the adjacent wall are removable. And the roofs open, maximising cleaning access.
All the roofs are weathered in 20mm thick pressure treated shiplap boarding. However, as a ‘belt & braces’ feature, we also under line the boards with 4mm exterior grade ply.
REMOVABLE FLOOR SECTION
Better cleaning access.
Better cleaning access.
LOW NESTS: Hens are ground nesters so like a low nesting. HIGH PERCHES: Hens are tree roosters so prefer the perceived security of a high perch. VENTED RIDGE: Its often forgotten how vital fresh air is for the bird’s welfare. The elevated house gives birds cover under the coop. As hens do not sweat, they regulate body temperature by accessing shade and shelter
As standard the Haydock Chicken Coop has the nest assembly to the right of the pophole door. However, by removing and turning the entire roof around the nest can be fitted over to the left.
All framing and cladding timbers are pressure treated, joinery grade, red pine. Flooring is 12mm thick MARINE grade ply.
Shipped built & ready to use.
No hidden charges, our listed price includes both the VAT and *Delivery
Forty years’ experience, with approximately 14,000 units made