- Product Dimensions: 86.4 x 176.5 x 127.6 cm ; 47.2 Kg
- Shipping Weight: 49.6 Kg
- Item model number: 1462
- ASIN: B003QZIL66
- Date first available at Amazon.ca: Dec 4 2012
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #118,779 in Pet Supplies (See Top 100 in Pet Supplies)
Ware Manufacturing Premium Plus Chick-N-Villa Chicken Villa
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- Lumber premium plus chick-n-villa
- Easy to assemble
- Made of rustproof galvanized wire
- Large screened front door
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This chick-n-villa is a premium quality home for pet chickens featuring a covered screened porch for a safe free-range environment. Made of rust proof galvanised wire. Its covered screened porch provides a safe free-range environment also easy to assemble. It has 2 removable roosts, attachable access ramp, convenient storage compartment. Measures 69-1/2-Inch width by 34-Inch depth by 50-1/4-Inch height.
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The item arrived much faster than Amazon predicted - only 3 business days. The outside packaging was durable with no apparent damage. Therefore I was surprised to open the box and find numerous chips, dings and a roof molding broken in 5 pieces. I reported the damage to CSN Stores, and their answer was "I regret hearing that your order arrived to you in less than pristine condition. If you should need anything else do not hesitate to contact us." I suppose I should have stopped right there, repacked everything and had the Fedex guy back to pick it up and returned it for a refund - but the family was really excited about the coop so I kept it.
Assembly was fast and easy. There is a large diagram on the box itself as well as separate instructions. Screws come attached to a card, so it's hard to lose one. All you need is a Phillips screwdriver and you're set to go. Total assembly time should be less than 15 minutes, but in my case it took a few more hours to glue and clamp the broken pieces. I was unable to repair a few of the chipped pieces because I couldn't find them in the box. I suppose the chips are laying on a factory floor somewhere...
And that brings me to my main problem with the item: quality. I'm not sure what kind of wood was used but it is very light and flimsy (Poplar? Balsa?) and doesn't strike me as particularly durable. The stain was applied sloppily and unevenly. I don't see how this thing will survive more than one North Carolina winter before it falls apart. The unit is also small; it's sitting near my wellhouse and either the wellhouse is huge or the unit is tiny. I have 5 bantam chicks and I can't imagine stuffing much more into this coop without them becoming overcrowded. For regular sized chickens I don't see how you could fit more than 6. I suppose this would be great for a city/suburban location - but how many of those have zoning laws permitting poultry?
As another reviewer noted the screens seem heavy-duty but they are anchored in a wood that I'm not sure would hold them if hit by a medium sized dog or raccoon determined to get in. Another reviewer recommended replacing the latches and adding a door for protection at night. I might also suggest flipping the unit on its side and installing chicken wire or some kind of fencing on the bottom to keep critters from digging under the sides.
For $200 more I could have bought an Amish made, solidly constructed coop. For just over $500 including free shipping I got this and the nest box. In my opinion I overpaid; the unit should sell for closer to $300 based on what I got.
As my mother-in-law used to say, "Would have, should have, could have." The old bat was right more often than I care to admit, and she would have been right about this product.