Happy Hen

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Big Mamma, Dominique hen

Groceries from Costco comes with a bonus every week… clean nest boxes.  This is Big Mamma enjoying the clean sheets in her new Kirkland nest box.

Costco Chicken Coop, a Review

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As a rule, I find Costco merchandise topnotch, but not this time. Costco has failed chicken keeping 101… in so many ways.

A Phoenix Costco has jumped on the urban chicken keeping bandwagon, selling this coop for $279.  That’s a lot of money for this poorly designed flimsy wood structure with cheap hardware.

Size matters in Phoenix! This coop will house 2 chickens, but it will also bake them alive in our excessive heat by dinner time.

Why it Fails my Approval

• Next boxes haven’t a lip on the edge, bedding kicked out results in broken eggs.
• All the doors are really small making access difficult.
• Roofing material is a poor choice, especially for Phoenix.
• Roost is narrow and too low.
• Hardware is cheap & used sparingly, doors will likely warp.

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So back to the drawing board friends, and happy coop hunting… elsewhere.