Dorset Chicken Coop

Regular Price £189.95 Special Price £179.00
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Essential Info

  • 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 Chicken Coop

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Our mid-capacity coop houses up to 6 hens and is the easiest to keep clean thanks to it's fully opening roof and easy open front panel. Perfect for children or for people with lower mobility who might struggle to access their coop for cleaning.

The Dorset is a neat, easy to clean chicken coop and with almost 9 square feet of internal housing space is large enough to comfortably hold up to 6 hens.

Dorset chicken coop

The superb quality and clever design, not to mention the range of very handy features, make the Dorset a fantastic option especially if you are after a quick and easy to clean chicken coop.

Dorset Chicken Coop

The nesting area of the coop is raised off the ground to prevents rats and other rodents from entering and at the same time keeps the dampness out of the coop ensuring a healthier environment for your chickens.

The Dorste Chicken Coop

The small door with 4 perspex windows allows plenty of light into the coop, keeping it well lit during the day, as well as giving you an access point.

solid sliding door Dorset Coop

A removable ramp makes it easy for your hens to get in and out of the hen house via the (now solid*) sliding door and the large felt free roof lifts up and is perfect for checking up on your chickens without disturbing them.

The Dorset coop front comes off easily to allow easy access

When it comes to cleaning out your coop the Dorset is a real winner. The large nesting box and the extra deep pull out tray are both fully removable.

The Dorset is easy to clean

Inside the large housing area of the coop are two fully removable perches and plenty of roosting space for your hens.

Dorset with top open

The entire front panel can even be unlocked and opened to allow for full access inside. This handy feature alone makes the Dorset possibly one of our easiest wooden coops to clean.

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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 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

Measurement Dorset Coop

Dorset Chicken House Measurements heavy duty chicken wire

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

Packaging

Box 1: 100 x 93 x 12.5 cm @ 18.5kgs.
Box 2: 88 x 82 x 12 cm @ 15.5kgs.

The Dorset Coop is supplied flat packed for easy home assembly. This set comes flat packed in 2 boxes. Instructions are included. All you will need is a small screwdriver and an adjusting spanner.

How many hens can the Dorset hold?

The raised roosting and nesting area of the Dorset Coop will hold 5 to 6 medium sized birds quite comfortably.

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.

Delivery Options

There are two delivery options available at checkout.

Standard Delivery (Free): Orders are usually delivered within 3 to 5 working days.
Express Delivery (£8.95): Orders are usually delivered within 1 to 2 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 or as you instructed.

 

Where can we deliver to?

Orders can be delivered anywhere in mainland England, Wales and most areas in Scotland. If you live outside these areas we, 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! If you do live outside these regions you are welcome to arrange collection from us using a courier company of your choice.

 

Delivery to Scottish Postcodes

We can deliver to most areas in Scotland. The express delivery option may not be available though for some addresses in the far north.

Unfortunately, we are unable to deliver to the following Scottish post codes due to the size of our products and the very high costs levied by the courier companies we use.

HS , ZE , IV40 - IV56, PA20 -80, PH41 - 44, KW15 -17

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

 

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. 


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 Dorset hold?

The raised roosting and nesting area of the Dorset Coop will hold 5 to 6 medium sized birds quite comfortably.

 

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.

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 or more 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 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:

Dorset roof latch

 

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 your chickens then we also urge you to take these added precautions especially if you know you have foxes in your area.