it is a good product, robust netting, the double clips are very difficult if your fingers are becoming artheritic, but guess that is not everyone! Took a while to assemble, needs 2 to assemble, and 4 to move, which could be an issue, but overall happy
When we purchased our house in Wisconsin, it came with a huge and very elaborate hen house. The previous owners even said that their relatives called it the "chicken palace." However, they only kept broilers a few months a year, so never added a run. I was somewhat intimidated about trying to build a run myself that would be large enough and nice enough to be a match for this beautiful little building. And I was finding that the cost of just the green welded wire fencing was not insubstantial. So I was so happy to see this kit online. It came very quickly and the system for organizing the parts into lettered boxes is clever. However, as others as noted, the instructions are a bit vague. Do I assemble sections on the ground and then put them upright? Or do I put the frame up first and then add the panels? Or just start at one end and work my way around? I hadn't a clue and was assembling this by myself, but somehow managed to figure it out (start at one end and work your way around is the correct answer). I was surprised it does not attach to the ground but just rests on top, which is a good thing given the slight slope of the ground I had to deal with. I just wish the kit came with ground screws for the center poles. The grass has already grown up and concealed the skirt. Because I attached one end of the run directly to the hen house with pipe straps, I had some extra panels left over, which I zip-tied together to build a little howdy cage inside the hen house for introducing new poultry to the flock. I have no worries about the chickens (and now turkeys too) during the day, but here in Wisconsin our predators are on the larger side (e.g., coyotes), so I lock them up inside the house at night. The double stable door is really nice for feeding them treats. Great product if you want something sleek and professional looking rather than barnyardy.
They said it takes two to build, and yes it would’ve probably been a lot easier and quicker with two, but there is only me, it took all afternoon, but I did it....
It may be a little expensive, but now I see why. It’s sturdy, a great design and looks fantastic. My chooks are living in a posher pad than me..
My three new chooks are called Scramble, Sunny and OMLET
The run is definitely fox proof as one visited just after it was built, the hens would have been breakfast two days before. One person can build the run but it's much easier and quicker for two, especially when fitting the roof. All the components are good quality, as with any flat pack the instructions could be better but they weren't too difficult to follow and asembly only took a few hours.
When we decided to get chickens, it was a priority for us that our children could interact with them and go in the enclosure (and me too!) this run is perfect. It took an hour or so to construct and looks great. The chickens and children have lots of space to play and our young Pekin Bantams are extremely tame already. I think we may extend the run by a further section later in the year.
My girls love their new chicken run. They have lots of room and I don’t have to worry about predators. The rest of my garden is now off the menu and growing back nicely!
Not only provides a lot more space than Eglu Cube + 2x1m run, but I love sitting in there with them, especially when they fall asleep on my outstretched legs or on the perch next to me while I sing to them! I let them out into the garden for at least a couple of hours each day for more exercise and interest and to peck at grass and scratch around as it wouldn't be big enough for them to be stuck in all the time. As it's so secure I don't worry too much about foxes if I'm out in the evening and don't get back till dark to shut them in the coop. Obviously it's not moveable like the Cube + 2x1m run, and they'd scratched all the vegetation away in a week. Now a mud bath in wet weather so will probably order rain cover too. Reasonably easy to put up. Probably doesn't need to be quite as high.
The run is great! I love it and the chickens do too. Sorting out the pieces and putting it together took a longer time than we'd expected but it's worth the time. I already know that the skirt and heavy-duty wire keeps pests out. It is taller than I'd expected too which means even the tallest person in our house (6'5") can hang with the girls.
The run is well designed. I like being able to walk into the run with our hens. Putting the run together should have been quick and easy. Instead, it took hours to assemble. What are the lower sections not preassembled with the anti predator skirt? Why aren’t the lower sections marked with a sticker that says LOWER. Why aren’t the patches attached to the doors before shipping?
Omlet Says: Hello Ann. Thank you for your feedback, we will be sure to forward this on to the design team. We do have 'how to build' videos available on our YouTube channel which may have helped with the build of this product - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aw7EtnKIXjs
Or please feel free to call our customer services team in such situations and they will be happy to assist.
Best wishes, The Omlet Team.
We have a Mark 1 egloo for our chickens with 1m extension. It was fine but wanted to give the chickens more room so put netting up in a larger area for the to run around in during the day. The problem was that we had to go and open up every morning and lock up in the evening. Whilst not too bad for us when we went away it was a pain for our neighbours who were looking after the chickens. So we invested in the 2m walk in run and its been fantastic. The chickens can now come out on their own during the day without us having to open and close up. Excellent for the neighbours. I have put wooden planks around the edge and filled with wood chips which look great and make it so much cleaner.
Overall I would recommend this to anyone.