Dorset Coop & Run
- Tried and tested designs
- Durable heavy duty materials
- Thick 1.5mm fox-proof wire
- High quality fixtures & fittings
- Supplied direct from Dorset
- Backed up by our famous customer service
Dorset Coop & Run
The well thought out Dorset With Run offers you plenty of flexibility with almost 30 square feet of space and a large run that can be easily extended at a later date should the need arise.
The large run can be either permanently attached to the coop or simply pushed up against it. And with many easy to use access points throughout the coop you'll never have a problem tending to your chickens or cleaning it out.
The large run is made with higher grade wire and has two side opening doors and a folding roof, all of which can be locked and secured.
A large lift up roof is held in place by metal stays and provides easy hands free access into the roosting and perching area.
Inside the housing area are two removable perches and a large nesting box for your hens to lay.
The large front panel can be completely removed to allow you to access the internal areas for cleaning. The unbolt-able nesting box and extra deep pull out tray add to the easy to clean features of the Dorset.
Measurements & Maintenance
All our coops use 12mm tongue & groove timber supported by strong 35mm x 25mm framework. Our wire mesh is 1.5mm thick.
Dorset With Run Footpint:
Total external dimensions : L227 cm x W 82.5 cm x H 75 cm
Total extrenal dimensions (in inches): L 89.37" x W 32.4"
Total combined area of Dorset with run: 29.4 square feet
Dorset Coop Dimensions
Total footprint (including nesting box and roof overhang): L 130cm x W 90cm x H 99cm
Total footprint (inches): L 51.18" x W 35.43" x H 40"
Nesting box internal area : Width 74cm x Depth 34.5cm
Nesting box (in inches): W 29.13" x D 13.58"
Nesting box area: 2.74 square feet
Internal housing area: Width 78.5cm x Depth 85.5cm
Internal housing area (in inches): W 30.9" x D 33.6"
Internal housing area: 7.22 square feet
Dorset Run Dimensions
Dorset Run external dimensions : L138 cm x W 82.5 cm x H 75 cm
Dorset Run external dimensions (in inches): L 54.1" x W 32.4"
Dorset Run internal dimensions : L137cm x W 80 cm x H 73.5cm
Dorset Run internal dimensions : L 53.9" x W 31.4" x H 28.9"
Dorset Run Area: 11.79 square feet
Approx mesh size: 19mm x 19mm (approx 0.5" square) & diameter of wire is 1.5 mm
Box 1: 100 x 93 x 12.5 cm @ 18.5kgs.
Box 2: 88 x 82 x 12 cm @ 15.5kgs.
Box 3: 142 x 86 x 12 cm @ 16kgs.
The Dorset Coop is supplied flat packed for easy home assembly. This set comes flat packed in 3 boxes. Instructions are included. All you will need is a small screwdriver and an adjusting spanner.
1. How many hens can the Dorset with Run hold?
The raised roosting and nesting area of the Dorset coop will hold 5 to 6 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 up to 6 hens would be fine. However if they are to spend their entire day inside the Dorset with Run then 2 - 3 medium sized hens would be our recommendation. If you are thinking about investing in the Dorset 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.
Wood & General Maintenance
The wood we use in this product is a highly durable and scented softwood which is noted for its resistance to decay and rot. Our wooden coops are treated with a base coat of wood preservative but as with all outdoor wooden structures, we recommend that you treat your coop with a high-quality varnish or wood preservative once a year (preferably before the winter season) to maintain the applied preservative and water repellent properties. We also highly recommend that you try and position your chicken coop in a protected area which is not overly exposed to high winds and the elements.
* All measurements are approximate and are provided for informational purposes only.
There are two delivery options available at checkout for large items (coops and runs).
Standard Delivery (£12.95): Orders are usually delivered within 3 to 5 working days.
Express Delivery (£17.95): Orders are usually delivered within 1 to 2 working days*.
Small Items (£3.95): Like assessories are usually delivered by the Royal Mail within 3 to 5 working days.
* Deliveries are typically made Monday to Friday between 8.00am - 6.30pm.
* All Express Delivery orders placed after 12 pm Monday to Friday will be dispatched the next working day.
* Working days are: Monday to Friday (and don't include public holidays or weekends)
* You do not need to be in to accept delivery. The courier driver can leave your order in a safe location.
* Small items ordered separately like hutch covers and run covers are typically sent via Royal Mail.
Where can we deliver to?
Orders can be delivered anywhere in mainland England, Wales and most areas in the lowlands of Scotland. If you live outside these areas we then, unfortunately, cannot deliver our products to you. This includes the Channel Islands and Northern Ireland (IM , GY, JE, BT)
Like most online companies we rely on (3rd party) courier companies to deliver all our orders around the country. 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 - sometimes more than the actual cost of the product!
Delivery to Scotland
We can deliver to most lowland areas in Scotland. These include the following postcodes: DD , DG , EH , FK1-15 , G , KA1-26 , KA29-30 , KY , ML , PA1-19 , PH1-9 , TD
If you live outside these areas then unfortunately, we are unable to offer delivery due to the high extra charges levied by the courier companies we use. You are welcome to arrange your own courier to collect from us, or we can deliver the items to a courier up north for onward journey to you.
Delivery to the 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.
1. How many hens can the Dorset with Run 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 Dorset coop will hold 5 to 6 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 up to 6 hens would be fine. However if they are to spend their entire day inside the Dorset with Run then 2 - 3 medium sized hens would be our recommendation. If you are thinking about investing in the Dorset 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 Dorset the other way around?
While some customers in the past have set up their coop the other way around, it's not straightforward and would involve a fair bit of D.I.Y to do, so unless you are adept at D.I.Y then the Dorset should be put together 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 Dorset has a sliding door a door opener would not work. However, 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. Is the wood treated?
Yes, the Dorset 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.
5. Can I add a run at a later stage?
Yes, you can add runs at any stage. These can be joined onto the front or back of the coop and you can join as many runs together to form whatever size of space that you need. For more information on the Dorset Run by itself click here: Dorset Chicken Run.
6. How do I lock the roof?
The best place to attach a latch is to the side of the coop as shown in the image below:
7. Is the Dorset 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 chickens then we also urge you to take these added precautions, especially if you know that you have foxes in your area.