Sussex Chicken House

Regular Price £229.95 Special Price £219.00
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Essential Info

  • Tried and tested designs
  • Durable heavy duty materials
  • Thick 1.5mm fox-proof wire
  • Robust high quality fixtures & fittings
  • Supplied direct to you from Dorset UK
  • Backed up by our famous customer service

Sussex Chicken House

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A beautiful all-in-one coop and run solution for 2-5 hens. The Sussex has a uniquely designed long sloping roof to keep your hens happy and their food dry in all weather. This is an ideal coop for urban spaces and can be expanded with our bolt-on Sussex runs.

The Sussex Chicken House has a unique look and has been specifically designed to give your hens' protection not only from pesky predators but also the wet and windy weather that we so often experience here in the UK.

Chicken house

A lot of thought has gone into the latest version of our popular Sussex Chicken House. This year we've increased the size by 15% and it now has an amazing 19.64 square feet of secure space in one practical and self contained coop.

Wooden Chicken House With Run

We have also designed an extendable run that conveniently fits the Sussex. So you always have the option of easily increasing the size of the secure run space - without any hassle or D.I.Y skills.

Chicken house long sloping roof

The long slanted felt-free roof provides the perfect cover even in driving rain, keeping your hens and their food dry. This is one of the reasons why so many people choose the Sussex coop and why it remains one of our best sellers.

Chicken coop rear view

The raised sleeping and laying area now has over 7.24 square feet of space which is big enough to hold up to 4 or 5 hens

The large nesting box can be unbolted - a feature which allows you to conveniently access the internal housing area of the chicken house, making it quick and even easier for you to clean.

Chicken coop with nesting box removed

We've also increased the depth of the pull out tray so any bedding you place in it doesn't spill out when it is removed. The large door to the run and the smaller one to the raised housing area make all areas easily accessible.

The large nesting box provides a cosy area for your birds to lay. Its high position and lift up lid allows you to easily collect your eggs, without disturbing your hens.

Chicken house nesting box

Two thin slits above the nesting box provide the housing area with the all important draft free ventilation which is needed to keep your hens healthy.

Four mini Perspex windows allow lots of light into the internal area of the coop which will keep your hens happy.

The two large correctly designed and fully removable perches are purposely positioned high to encourage your hens to roost at night and not to sleep in the nesting boxes.

Coop door opening mechanism

The Sussex coop has a clever door opening mechanism which allows the door to the run to be conveniently opened from the outside.

A handy little ramp allows your hens' easy access in and out of the housing area. It has been raised enough to give your birds more ground in which to scratch around in underneath, as well as keeping things dry.

Chicken coop ramp

We've also upgraded the protective mesh. All of our coops and runs use strong chicken wire that is on average 50% thicker than the standard stuff found on most of our competitors products.

We use thicker wire in our coops

Not only that but our chicken wire is properly mounted deep within the framework and not simply stapled on to the outside. This extra effort means that overall the Sussex is stronger and your hens should be much better protected.

Wire set into the wooden frame

The Sussex chicken house has been created by expert designers and manufactured by experienced carpenters. The workmanship that has gone into producing this coop for you is evident in the way it has been beautifully finished and the attention to detail.

All the woodwork has been jointed, sanded, glued, bolted and finished to the highest standards. The wood we use in this product is highly durable and scented softwood which is noted for its resistance to decay and rot.

The Sussex chicken house

The superb quality and beautiful design of the Sussex means that it will look fantastic in any garden, and is guaranteed to give you and your chickens many years of pleasure.

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Measurements & Maintenance

All our coops use 12mm tongue & groove wood supported by strong 35mm x 25mm framework. 
Our wire mesh is 1.5mm thick.

Sussex Chicken Coop Measurements

Sussex Coop Dimensions

Total footprint (including nesting box and roof overhang): L 223cm x W 81cm x H 120cm
Total footprint (inches): L 87.79" x W 31.88" x H 47.24"

Internal run measurements = L 172cm x W 67cm
Internal run measurements = L 67.71" x W 26.37" (inches)

Total run area = 12.40 square feet.

Internal Measurements Of Chicken House

Nesting box internal measurements = L 13" x W 24.41" (inches)
Nesting box area : 2.20 square feet.

Housing area internal measurements = L 70cm x W 67cm
Housing area internal measurements = L 27.55" x W 26.3" (inches)
Housing area: 5.04 square feet.

Total amount of space = 19.64 square feet

Chicken wire

Approx mesh size: 19mm x 19mm (approx 0.5" square) & diameter of wire is 1.5 mm

Packaging

The Sussex Chicken Houses is supplied flat packed for easy home assembly. This set comes flat packed in two boxes :

Box 1: 104 x 77 x 20cm @ 22.5 kgs.
Box 2: 102 x 101 x 16.5 cm @ 24.5 kgs.

Instructions included. All you will need is a small screwdriver and an adjusting spanner.

* All measurements are approximate and are provided for informational purposes only.

Maintenance

Our wooden coops are treated with a base coat of wood preservative.The wood we use in this product is a highly durable and scented softwood which is noted for its resistance to decay and rot.

As with all outdoor wooden structures we strongly recommend that you treat your coop with a high quality varnish or wood preservative before exposing it to the elements and that you re-treat it at least once a year (preferably before the winter season) to maintain the applied preservative and water repellent properties. There are many popular products available with Cuprinol, Ronseal and Wilkinson amongst the better known brands.

We also recommend that you try and position your chicken coop in a protected area which is not overly exposed to high winds and the elements.

Delivery Options

There are two delivery options available at checkout.

Standard (£12.95): Orders are usually dispatched 3 to 5 working days after an order is placed.
Express (£17.95): Orders are usually dispatched the next working day.

Most orders are usually delivered in 1 to 2* working days after they have been dispatched. Deliveries are typically made Monday to Friday between 8.00am - 6.30pm. (Working days are Monday to Friday but don't include public holidays.)

If you need your order urgently then choose the express delivery option for priority dispatch.

Where can we deliver to?

Orders can be delivered anywhere in mainland England, Wales and some areas in the Scottish lowlands. If you live outside these areas we unfortunately cannot deliver our products to you.

Like most online compaies we rely on (3rd party) courier companies to deliver all our orders. As much as we would love to get our products in the hands of as many people as possible the cost of getting our coops to anyone who lives outside mainland England and Wales is prohibitive - upwards of £70.

If you live outside these regions you are welcome to arrange collection from us using a company like Parcel Force or Parcel Monkey.

Delivery to Scottish Postcodes

Scottish postcodes that we can deliver to include:

Scottish Lowlands (e.g. Glasgow/Edinburgh and surrounds) and (Zone 2) -All AB, IV, KW1-14, PA34, PA37-39, PH19-41, PH49-50

Unfortunatly we cannot deliver to Scottish post codes not included above. This is due to the size of our products and the very high costs (£60 - £120+) levied by the courier company we use.

You are welcome to arrange your own courier to collect from us however. Here is a list of couriers that may help.

Delivery to Isle of Wight

The courier company that we use can deliver to the Isle of Wight. However there is a delivery surcharge of £15.95 per order. Please contact us if you live in the Isle of Wight before you place your order so we can send you a special link to place your order.

Delivery Questions

Damaged, Faulty or Missing Items

*This is an estimate based on the majority of orders sent, however we cannot absolutely guarantee it.

1. How many hens can the Sussex Coop hold?

It will depend on the breed of chicken and the size of the breed, and also how you intend to keep them.

The raised roosting and nesting area of the Sussex coop will hold 4 to 5 medium sized birds quite comfortably. What is probably more important to consider is the amount of space they will have during the day.

If you intend to give them time to roam around your garden then the run space is less of a determining factor and 4 maybe 5 hens would be fine.

However if they are to spend their entire day inside the Sussex then to be fair to your hens we would recommend just 2 and ideally, we'd hope you would consider upgrading to the Sussex with Run which would be find for 2 - 3 medium sized hens.

If you are thinking about investing in the Sussex with Double Run then you can increase that number to 4 hens and they would be fine.

The benefit of all our coops is that the run can be extended at a later date should the need arise and in theory you can add as many run extensions as you need.

On a side note, we'd recommend that whatever your circumstance and set up if you can give your hens a few hours outside their coop and run in the late afternoon and early evening.

2. Can I set up the Sussex the other way around?

While some customers in the past have set up their coop the other way around, it's not straight forward and would involve a fair bit of D.I.Y to do so.

The Sussex has been designed to be constructed the way it is shown in the photos on our website.

3. Can I fit an Automatic Door Opener to this coop?

No unfortunately not. All the door openers on the market work with doors that open in an up/down direction (pop-hole doors). As the Sussex has a sliding door a door opener would not work.

But the Devon Hen House has been specifically designed so it can be fitted with an automatic door opener. We use and recommend this door opener.

4. Can I move the Sussex Chicken Coop easily?

Yes it can be moved but at almost 50kgs and over 2 meters long you are going to need an extra pair of hands to help you move the Sussex Coop.

5. Can I add a run at a later stage?

Yes, you can add extra Sussex Runs at any stage and you can join as many runs together to form as long space as you need. For more information on the Sussex Run by itself click here: Sussex Runs

6. Is the wood treated?

Yes, the Sussex Chicken Coop comes with a base coat treatment of wood preservative

But as with all outdoor wooden structures in our harsh climate, we recommend that the timber is treated on a regular basis to ensure a long life. If the coop is treated to begin with and thereafter on a yearly basis, and is well looked after and cleaned regularly there is no reason why a lifespan of 5 to 7 years could not be expected.

There are many popular products available with Cuprinol, Ronseal and Wilkinson amongst the better-known brands.

A lot of customers use and recommend these: Brand Option 1 or Brand Option 2

7. Can I use the Sussex for rabbits?

While the product has been specifically designed to house chickens a few customers have pruchased the Sussex Chicken Coop for their rabbits and the feedback has been positive.

We also make and sell wide range of well made rabbit hutches and runs: Visit our website: www.Rabbit-Hutches.co.uk

8. Is the Sussex Chicken House fox proof?

We would like to think that our coops are made to a higher standard than most other suppliers in this price range. While we have purposely used thicker, sturdier wood, wire and locks with the aim to make it as safe and secure as possible for your chickens we cannot absolutely guarantee that foxes and other predators won’t try and target them.

Foxes are by far the biggest threat that your pets will face so if you are going to keep your chickens then we also urge you to take these added precautions especially if you know you have foxes in your area.