Boughton Chicken Coop by Forsham Cottage Arks

The Boughton is our best selling traditional chicken house and provides comfortable accommodation for up to six chickens. This wooden chicken coop is the ideal solution for the first time chicken keeper that wants to keep up to six hens. The Boughton chicken ark is specifically designed for bantams and medium-sized birds and this hen house makes chicken keeping easy.


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Boughton Chicken Coop
Boughton Chicken Coop
The Boughton Chicken Coop. The Boughton Chicken Coop houses six medium hens.

Its elegant design has stood the test of time and has become a chicken house design classic. The Boughton is our best selling wooden chicken house and provides comfortable accommodation for up to six chickens. It is the ideal solution for the first time chicken keeper.

The Boughton hen house is specifically designed for bantams and medium sized birds, who will find the warm interior and private nest box very much to their liking.

The Boughton chicken coop with full length door open. Full length doors allow access for easy cleaning

The Boughton chicken house has full length side doors which allow easy access to the inside of the house. The retractable ramp means you can get into all areas of the house when cleaning.

The Boughton is easy to move around the garden with its stout carrying handles. If you're looking to leave your hen house in place, or have limited space, the carry handles can be easily removed.

The Boughton chicken coop on grass. A sleeping area over the run gives hens more space to roam around below.

The Boughton uses less space than other traditional arks because the sleeping area is located directly over the run. This design also means the chickens are protected from the sun and rain.

Secure Fox-Proof Chicken Coop

The house has an easy to use, hinged ladder which may be drawn up from outside to secure the birds at night.

Young child collecting eggs from Boughton chicken coop. Very easy for even children to use - so they can have the joy of collecting your eggs

The nesting box is located at the end of the chicken ark and has an external egg collecting door. It is very easy for children to use – so they can run down in the morning to collect the eggs.

Free Range Run Door

You can access all areas of the run using the handy doors at each end. This makes it very easy to catch a chicken, let them out of the run, or top up the feeders and drinkers.

Nest Box

Nest box shutters in Boughton chicken coop.

The unique nesting box night shutter stops the chickens sleeping in the nesting box, dramatically reducing the amount of droppings that the chickens leave in the nest box and cutting down on egg cleaning time.

Roosting Bar

Interior of Boughton chicken coop.

The solid, single-piece roosting bar provides a solid place for your chickens to perch while they sleep.

Retractable Ramp

View of ramp from inside Boughton chicken coop.

The Ramp that sits between the roosting area and the run can be easily retracted to keep your chickens warm and safe at night. Simply pull the rope on the outside of the house and up it comes!

Forsham Cottage Arks logo.

Forsham Cottage Arks have been making chicken arks since 1979. In 2011 Forsham became a part of Omlet. Over three decades, Forsham have learnt what makes both pets and their owners happy. Designed for ease of use and durability, Forsham products have been tried and tested by tens of thousands of happy customers.

Old photo of Forsham bird house being built.

1979 - An unemployed printer, recently made redundant from the Kentish Messenger, returns to his old paper to place a small advert: 'Good Quality Poultry House For Sale.' It results in fifteen enquiries and seven orders. Forsham Cottage Arks is born.

1983 - As the volume of orders increases, Forsham takes on their first employee - a retired joiner from their village called Lenny

1988 - Forsham begins to sell its products through Harrods. Kew Gardens installs a Forsham Dovecote on its grounds.

1990 - Forsham exhibits its products at the Chelsea Flower Show. The stand proves very popular and they are asked to return the following year.

1993 - Forsham supplies a Boughton Chicken Coop to Channel 4's 'Big Breakfast'.

2000 - The Poultry Club of Great Britain presents a Forsham Lenham Chicken Coop to HM Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother in celebration of her 100th Birthday.

2002 - Forsham supplies a Lenham Chicken Coop to Channel 4's 'Big Brother'. Many people commented that the chickens were more interesting to watch than the people.

2008 - Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall uses a Forsham Lenham Chicken Coop for his hens as part of his Chicken Out campaign.

2011 - Forsham Cottage Arks is bought by Omlet. The purchase brings together two companies that share a common vision of producing the best pet housing in the world.

Forsham Timber. The slide out dropping tray makes cleaning simple

Unlike cheaper chicken houses that are made of low-grade softwood, we use only the best sustainably-farmed Canadian Spruce for our chicken houses. With a high strength to weight ratio, other uses of this versatile wood include rowing oars, piano sound boards and ladder rails.

All the sections we use are planed all round so there are no scruffy faces or splinters, so the wood is ready for you to paint as soon as it arrives.

The dimensions of the Boughton chicken coop. Boughton Chicken Coop Dimensions

The Forsham Cottage Arks Boughton Chicken Ark is designed for up to six medium sized chickens. As they require additional head height in the nesting area, the Boughton is not recommended for larger breeds such as Buff Orpingtons or Cochins.

Please note, Boughton Chicken Coops are delivered on pallets. If you have restricted access please mention this on your order notes


House: Sustainably-sourced Canadian Pine
Run: Zinc Coated 25mm Steel Mesh

The Boughton will arrive unpainted so you can apply your own finish. The Boughton will arrive unpainted so you can apply your own finish.

Choose the colour and appearance of your Boughton to suit your hens and your garden!

Your Boughton will arrive untreated in it's natural form.  You can order suitable wood preservative from Omlet, here Ronseal 5 Year Wood Stain and have it delivered with your Boughton.  

Please note that you must treat your Boughton before placing it outside and before using it with chickens. You should follow the wood treatment manufacturers guidelines for suitability.  

Omlet 30 day guarantee.

We're so confident that you'll love everything about your Forsham Chicken Coop that we offer a 30 day, no quibble, money back guarantee. If for any reason you are not entirely satisfied with the Boughton or the chickens you can send it back to us for a full refund. This does not affect your statutory rights.

Please note that your Boughton Chicken Coop will need to be treated with a suitable preservative before use, such as Ronseal 5 Year Wood Stain . Please follow the instructions on the can for use.

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Boughton Coop - Barbara,

We are new to bantam keeping and are absolutely delighted with the Boughton Ark which we bought after much research. It is easy to dismantle, clean and manoeuvre and also looks good.

Fantastic - Peter,

Hens introduced to new 5 star accommodation in midst of snow storm. We are all very excited - hens a little more reserved!!

Well made coop - Judith,

Good, solidly made coop is providing dry accommodation despite wet weather. It's a great advantage to have the food covered during the bad weather.

Just one thing - , Glos,

As the information on the website talks about treated timber, I only suspected that the hen house might need waterproofing. My suspicion came from reading reviews and when I phoned to check, after ordering, I was told that waterproofing is 'recommended'. This should be mentioned not only on the website but also on the instructions - which could do with a couple more amendments, for clarity. Otherwise, it's a very pretty and useful little coop - I call it my 'chicken tractor' as I can move the birds about to work on an area that needs cleaning and fertilising. Would be nice to have an easy and quick small extension area.

garden chickens again - Moyra,

Had omlet eglu years ago and had to sell it. Made space forr chickens again and decided on a traditional ark - love it Omlet. Easy to erect and maintain - I decided to paint ours in heritage paints so cream and white. Simple to clean and no need to bend double like the eglu classic. Only down side up to now is the feed containers will probably buy glug and grub and stand sometime. Shame omlet dont provide chicken keeping info like with their own products. Glad the forsham name continues.

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