#1. ‘Omlet’ Plastic Chicken Coops
These are easily the best plastic coops on the planet. 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’s much easier to do so.
When we ‘upgraded’ to an Omlet coop from our old wooden coop we had happier chickens. Seriously – our chickens started laying more eggs! Plus they looked healthier and were much more sprightly, we couldn’t be more pleased.
Omlet don’t sell anywhere else, they only sell direct.
Check out the US website here: www.omlet.us
Check out the UK website here: www.omlet.co.uk
Fun fact: Chicken poop is naturally high in nitrogen and great as fertilizer on flower or plant beds!
Omlet coops also have 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 Eglu Go are great for bantams too as they are on the floor as small birds can struggle with the ladder steps up to coops that are off the floor.
The Eglu Cube is the biggest and best plastic coop in the range and perfect for up to 10 chickens.
The ‘Eglu Go’ & ‘Eglu Go Up’
The ‘Eglu Go’
Suitable for: 4 medium/standard chickens or 2- 3 large chickens like Buff Orpingtons or Cochins.
Benefits of the ‘Omlet Eglu Go’ Chicken Coop
- Perfect coop for small flocks and beginners to chicken keeping.
- Modern design available in 2 colors: Green or Purple
- Removable Back Wall & Litter Tray – This makes collecting eggs each morning a pleasure and makes cleaning out the droppings super easy.
- Runs come in 3 different lengths: 6ft, 9ft & 13ft.
Omlet ‘Eglu Go Up’
All the great features of the Eglu Go chicken coop but with more! The ‘UP’ is positioned on a sturdy but light weight frame with wheels, making the coop movable in just seconds.
Added benefits of the Omlet ‘Eglu Go Up’ Coop
- Shade – the coop, no longer being on the floor will now provide shade in the run [which they will need as chickens suffer from heat stress]. It will be the chicken ‘hang out’ spot and it also a great place to put food or water to keep out of direct sunlight.
- Space – short of space? Then you need the ‘Eglu Go Up’ because you’ve just gained extra run space without increasing the run size!
- The wheels means you have your very own chicken tractor. Moving the coop and run can now be done in seconds – if you were planning to move the coop and run every few days so they can peck at the fresh grass – then the ‘UP’ package is definitely you want.
The Omlet Eglu Cube
Suitable for: Up to 6 large hens, 8 medium size hens or up to 10 bantams.
If you have a larger backyard flock [or plans for!] then the Eglu Cube is what you will need. Its suitable for up to 10 birds and available in different colors.
They come with a feeder and drinker included but also have a range of after-market accessories to buy. Like insulation blankets that wrap around the outside to retain heat, if its very cold outside.
Benefits of the Omlet Eglu Cube
- Egg collection door called the ‘EggPort’.
- UV stabilized uPVC meaning it will keep its gorgeous colors and ofcourse, being plastic means no annual painting. A DIY free coop!
- Twin walled insulation – works like a Thermos flask, so it will keep chickens warm in the winter but cool in the summer.
- Add on an automatic chicken coop door.
- Effortlessly move the Eglu Cube with the wheels and handles, its a ready made chicken tractor.
- Our Favorite – Anti dig run skirt. This is a ‘skirt’ of wire mesh that runs around the coop run, on the floor that prevents any animals being able to dig underneath.
The Omlet range is literally the most well thought out, practical and versatile chicken coops ever made. Just look at whats possible to buy or add on.
Check out all Omlet Walk-In Runs as the more space you can give your chickens the better!
All Omlet coops come with a 2-year warranty, which should be a testament to how well made these plastic chicken coops are!
Our Omlet Plastic Chicken Coop Experience
Over the years we have spent a few thousand on Omlet products. But before we had any Omlet coops I wasn’t sure on plastic chicken coops or the Omlet brand, I was a sceptic.
I am a 4th generation farmer and honestly don’t like buying, what I feel I can make in my farm workshop. Well I cant make anything this good its as simple as that.
Having owned the Omlet coops and runs now for 4 years I am totally won over. They are honestly excellent. Designed completely fit for purpose and with longevity in mind. Because I don’t mind spending the money on something that firstly our chickens will like, feel safe in AND BE safe in; if the products are going to last.
Having spend 400 one summer on a coop that lasted maybe 16 months we’ve had out fair share of fails. Whereas years later our Omlet coops are still going strong and are well worth the investment.
Omlet Chicken Coop Conclusion
With a huge 10 year warranty [and finance available] you can buy safe in the knowledge this coop will be long lasting. Free extras come when you purchase the Omlet coop run & wheels package.
You can only purchase Omlet coops directly from their website
They are available in the US here: www.omlet.us
They are available in the UK here: www.omlet.co.uk
‘Snap Lock’ Plastic Chicken Coops
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 annoying no run included with these coops.
Plastic Chicken Coops ‘vs’ Wood Chicken Coops
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 in. 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 chicken coops 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. View the Omlet range of plastic chicken coops here
A Good Coop = Happy Hens