Plastic vs wood a big debate when choosing the right chicken coop.
The benefits of plastic are plentiful:
- Very strong and very robust
- Protects against vermin getting in.
- So much easier to clean out and get rid of red mite.
- It wont rot
- Less maintenance
There aren’t loads of plastic chicken coops on the market to buy but I’ve reviewed the two best so you haven’t got waste any money buying the wrong one.
A good plastic chicken coop could last for up to 20 years. As I pointed out above it wont rot. Wood that is constantly exposed to the elements will eventually rot and degrade. Plastic just doesn’t have this problem. If you are looking for longevity in your choice of chicken coop then you have to buy a plastic one – it can be a no brainer!
The biggest killer of wooden chicken coops is moving them. If you plan to move them so the chickens have fresh grass every few days, don’t buy a wooden one. Even if it has wheels. Wood in the cold shrinks and in the heat will expand.
This means over just a year, joints will start to weaken and may come apart. Then, add in moving it every few days, just even a small amount and its a recipe for ruin. Its simple, with a plastic coop, you will avoid all of this.
In just 5 years I went through 3 wooden coops with wheels, I learnt the hard way – through my pocket.
Myth Buster – Red Mite
I need to be honest. Buying a plastic coop wont mean you wont ever get red mite. But im not saying you will either. People think by having a plastic coop they wont get red mite as there isn’t the cracks or joins in a plastic coop like there is in wooden ones. Slightly untrue…
I will say this – its far less likely that you will get red mite in a plastic coop and far easier to remove when you do.
Removing red mite from your plastic coop is so much easier, because there are less places for them to hide. Wood will have knots where they will hide, wood was joints and edges and screw holes etc – you get what im saying. A decent plastic coop doesn’t have all those issues.
If you have or are worried about getting ‘red mite’ then this works.
Which is easier to wipe down and sterilize, wood or plastic? Its plastic. Everyone knows this so im not going to bang on about this too much. But I will say good hen coop husbandry, ie cleaning out and checking it over should be done regularly. The state of the coop will speak volumes about the health of the birds. If you don’t clean out the chicken poop it can cause breathing problems with the birds as it is high in ammonia.
Clean the coop regularly and you will have no problems. So having a plastic coop to clean vs a wooden one will save you time and therefore backache. Remember mid winter if its freezing cold and you are out there cleaning your wooden coop; remember I told you so!
Remember I said I had 3 wooden coops on wheels, well the ground isn’t always even. So on slightly unflat ground the coop was placing more weight on some areas and not others. Over time this stress and was slightly raising the wooden panel in the corner. Only by maybe a ¼”.
What happened then was rats were able to get it. They were eating the chicken feed and drinking their water. Then once they had made that crack slightly bigger from running in and out at night for a few weeks and a squirrel was getting in.
Remember this all started from a tiny crack in one wooden panel which was being lifted ever so slightly on uneven ground. Then we had a draft; which if you not careful can cause chickens to catch colds. It needed repairing obviously so that’s hassle and repair costs you don’t want.
Plastic coop that are well made are much safer against vermin like raccoons and foxes. Another predatory animal could rip with their mouth and scratch which their paws and claws at a wooden coop and potentially get in. No animals could bite or paw through plastic.
Easy assembly as not tools are required makes their coops an instant success. The Snap Locks have adjustable ventilation, a big bonus, if you have hot summers and harsh winters. Certain coops have completely removable litter trays which is a benefit so cleaning is really easy as they can be hosed off with water from a hose pipe. The Snaplock range is made from blow molded plastic which isn’t as robust as the Omlet range but if looked after should fair well. There is no run included with these as they are generally the cheaper option.
The ‘Omlet’ range of plastic chicken coops
These are great coops; they have 4 different styles in their range so depending on your requirements they have you covered. They have great features like a sliding litter tray. That will catch all the chicken poop and can be easily accessed and cleaned. The front can also be completely removed for deep cleans or, if you want to handle the chickens, it much easier to do so.
Fun fact: Chicken poop is naturally high in nitrogen and great as fertilizer on flower or plant beds!
Omlet coops also has built in ventilation holes and they have easy access door to collect the eggs. The Omlet range are all completely 100% recyclable, which is brilliant, so not only do they have modern sleek design but they are also ‘eco’. The Egu Classic and Egu Go are great for bantams too as they are on the floor. Small birds can struggle with the ladder steps up to coops that are off the floor.
They come with a feeder and drinker included but also have a range of after-market accessories to buy. These are insulation blankets that wrap around the outside to retain heat, if its very cold outside.
All Omlet coops come with a 2-year warranty, which should be a testament to how well made these coops are!
There you have it, the two best plastic chicken coops.
A Good Coop = Happy Hens