The Mid Size Eco-Coop with 2 chooks
If who want to keep more than 2 hens (the standard Eco-Coop is designed for two hens) you might be interested in an mid size Eco-Coop. These are made to the same design as the Eco-Coop but are 1.8m long and 1.3m wide/high (quite a bit taller and broader) and are designed to accommodate up to 4 chooks.
The Mid Size Eco-Coop package includes a feeder and waterer, some straw and 6 weeks food to get you started. It also includes a (signed if you’d like) copy of Backyard Chickens – How to Keep Happy Hens. If you already have a copy of the book, the package is $520.
This package includes 2 chooks, I can supply more hens (up to 4) when you get it but I recommend to most people to start with two.
When deciding how many chooks to purchase, consider that a chook lays most eggs in its first three laying years (from 6 months old to 4 years old approx) and then the egg laying declines after that.
If you buy the maximum number of chooks a coop will hold initially, then you won’t be able to expand your flock at a later date to maintain your egg supply (boom and bust). For this reason we suggest that you start with 2 or 3 chooks and then you will have space to add more chooks in a few years time. I call this keeping a rolling flock.
The Mid Size Eco-Coop is pictured here next to a Standard Eco-Coop. It is called the mid size because we used to make an XL that was longer as well (for up to 8 hens) but they were unwieldy and we discontinued them.
The coop and hens are sold on our rental return terms. Meaning that, if after 6 weeks, you decide keeping chooks is not for you, you can return it and get your deposit back (see Renting for more information on how renting works).
Why is it called the Eco-Coop? See Being Green for more information about how our coops are sustainably made.