Welcome to Holland Hen Houses
Come and check out our houses at the Marin County Fair (6-30/7-4)!
Occasionally we have floor models or trade ins available - call us for details at 415-888 8264
Questions to ask yourself when buying a hen house?
How many chickens can I keep in my hen house?
Too many hens in an enclosed space can lead to aggressive pecking and unsanitary conditions. All of our hen houses (also called a ‘coop’) are elevated to created additional floor space underneath them and easy access to the house. We have indicated in the description of our houses how many chickens each hen houses will comfortably accommodate.
Do I need a ‘run’ too or just a hen house?
We recommend a run because chickens can have access to scratch in the dirt in fresh air while you are at work and they will be safe from predators. If you have the space a coop can sit in an enclosed (and covered) yard but most people opt for a run as it requires a smaller space. Along with concerns about predators, chickens may nibble at your plants so you may want to restrict their hours of free-ranging in your garden. More importantly you need a covered run with adequate drainage. Chickens are not like ducks and cannot be kept in a muddy and wet environment. This is why our runs are covered and slope to the side to direct water away.
Why Quality Matters
We believe that we make some of the highest quality, best looking coops and runs. While there are less expensive houses on the market, this is generally due to inferior building materials than the quality that we provide:
- Our houses have have a redwood or trex base to prevent decay.
- The wood siding is custom milled cove lab siding that is smooth on both sides to minimize dust in the coop. Most coops use rough lumber allowing dust to stick and making it difficult to clean. The cove and lap make an tight seal keeping moisture out.
- The coop window has a removable plexi insert that can be used to keep rain out, or removed to allow maximum ventilation in warmer months.
- We use cage-quality wire that is predator resistant. Chicken wire is NOT suitable, raccoon paws can reach through to grab your chickens. Half inch hardware cloth is amore secure option, but creates a much darker hen house, and it will be harder to see your chickens. Our wire provides the best combination of security and viewing.
- Unlike many chicken coops, the charm of our designs actually adds to your garden instead of detracting from it. Many of our customers place the house in a prominent place so that they can enjoy viewing the house and chickens.
- We offer installation services and instructions for installing yourself to predator-proof your coop
Why not a more traditional tin roof?
While many chicken coops are outfitted with these, ask yourself this: have you ever been inside of a shed with a tin roof when it rained, or on a blistering hot day? A tin covered hen house essentially becomes a drum, echoing each rain drop that hits it. In addition, it offers no insulation against extreme heat or cold. This is why we use exterior grade wood covered with roofing material.
The Scoop on Chicken Poop
Chickens poop a lot, and especially during the night when they digest their food while sleeping. Some hen houses are outfitted with a wire bottom like those used in industrial poultry operations, which requires you to scoop the chicken poop out from under the house. We believe that this is not an ideal setup in backyard situations, because the wire becomes caked with excrement that does not fall through, and the chicken manure alone is too ‘hot’ to be placed directly from the floor into plant beds. Alternatively we use a solid floor which we recommend covering with a layer of pine shavings, which have a pleasant scent and absorb the moisture and odor. When scooped out the shavings with manure can be placed around plants that are not too sensitive without burning them. The floor, roosts and nest boxes are all removable for cleaning.
Is it possible to customize my Holland Hen House?
Yes we have made a number of custom houses for apartments to estates. Let us know your needs and we can develop a chicken house and run to meet your particular needs.
If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to call us! 415 8888 264