My fourth Boughton, will also be my last unless something changes. I nearly returned it, but eventually decided to give it a go. Not sure i made the right decision.
It's an improved design, on an already very good design - for instance, both sides can be removed, and both ends of the run can be accessed from outside.
However, the wood is now untreated softwood. Full wood treatment takes three days before assembly, and some bits (eg wood behind metal grills) can't be properly treated. If you don't have space to spread it all out before assembly, you won't be able to treat the wood on all sides.
A couple of bits didn't fit properly when assembled, attention to detail seemed less than before.
My previous Boughtons lasted an average 7 years. I expect less of this.
Finally, I was left with a vast amount of expanded polystyrene packaging. There is no reason to use this and in our area, as most, it is not recycled. A big downer.
Omlet have taken a good design, improved it a little, but delivered an inferior product. Shame.
Delivered promptly,easy to assemble as long as you have a helper
Easily moved on to a new patch and great to be able to clean it out easily without having to bend down to the floor. Love the removable panels back and front and the drawbridge device to shut them in for the night, although our rescued chucks took a bit of persuading to use it initially.
I was very pleased with the delivery and the coop. Looks lovely in the garden. I (lazily) got someone to build it, but it was easy. I'm using it for some chicks I've hatched and have them separately on the lawn. I'll then move it so they can start to get used to the big hens, before eventually integrating. After that I shall just keep it for occasional isolation or brooding. Just three points to make:
1. It was not treated timber (as stated somewhere on the site.) Not sure why they don't use treated timber.
2. I fixed some chicken wire underneath it to prevent foxes being able to burrow in. It would seem sensible if they sold it with the chicken wire already there - as surely everyone is going to have the same problem. That also means that you can move it with chickens in - otherwise you'd have to take them out each time.
3. I thought foxes might be able to move the end door clips as they are loose, so I bought bolts which I think are more secure.
Assembly was easy enough, but we definitely need 2 people - and there were a couple of bits we found tricky, though we overcame! I would have liked an option for the wood to have been pre-treated/stained to save us time, but that wasn't possible. We now have 5 happy bluebell chicks in residence, though they're not big enough yet to walk up and down the stairs! Another photo coming when they're a bit bigger...
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.
Hens introduced to new 5 star accommodation in midst of snow storm. We are all very excited - hens a little more reserved!!
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.
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.
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.