In the past I have always had chicken coops that I built myself. I had learned things I did not like about my designs, such as the coop being hard (or impossible) to move, as well as some things I did like.
The main things that attracted to the Omlet Eglu Cube coop is its mobility, easiness to clean, predator protection and its double wall (insulating), well ventilated design.
When I do these kinds of reviews I try to be really upfront as to both what I like and don’t like about whatever I am reviewing. I have been using this coop for a little over a month now, and so far I really have not found anything I do not like. I mean maybe the cage around the coop could be a little sturdier, but then it might be too heavy. So all in all I really like its design.
Putting The Coop Together
Like a stereotypical man, I tend to start putting things together before I read the instructions. And if given the choice I would prefer an instruction video over written instructions. It did not take long before my son in law and I discovered we needed both. Here is the instruction video below:
The written instructions were adequate, but a little too vague at times. The video really helped us to visualize everything and to do things in the correct order. But the video was a bit vague at times too. But usually if we could not figure something out from the video, it made sense in the written instructions, and visa versa.
And the video makes it look like it takes much less time than it actually takes to put everything together. It took my son in law and I about 3 hours to put everything together. If we ever do it again though I think it will go much faster.
Moving The Coop Around The Yard
One of the main motivations people have for wanting a chicken coop with wheels is so that the chickens don’t just ware out one spot in your yard. By moving the coop around no part of your yard gets ruined, and all of it benefits from the natural fertilizer.
With the Omlet Eglu Cube, even if you left your coop in one spot for a while, none of your grass will die for lack of sun. The wheels, feeders and heavy parts of the coop are off the ground. So the only reason to need to move the coop is to to limit the bird foot traffic and poop in any one given area.
The dirt spot you might see in the photo was already there in that spot of my yard. The chickens did not cause it. It was a low spot in the yard I filled in with some top soil. I parked the coop over top of it because chickens like a dust bath once in a while. I don’t keep the coop in one spot very long though.
As far as moving the coop around it is pretty easy. My yard is not very level here and still I can move the coop around fairly easily by myself. I did have the chickens escape once (which really surprised me) because when I raised it up one end of the coup raise up and the other stayed on the ground.
Since then I am more careful to keep the coop level while moving it (or I move it while the birds are inside the roosting area with the door closed). I really like how I can move it around easily by myself whenever I want to.
Omlet Chicken Fencing
Omlet Chicken Fencing is a must in my opinion. Just be careful because the foot part of the gate post is plastic and I cracked it when stepping on it to get it into some rocky soil. If you are just careful and make sure your weight is actually on the metal part of the post, you shouldn’t have a problem.
Please don’t judge my yard. When we moved in during the middle of the winter snow covered the yard. I did not know until spring how bad the yard was. This is my second summer now. The first summer the yard was literally all weeds; almost zero grass. And it was very bumpy and rough. I have been filling in the holes trying to level it off and planting grass seed. Tomorrow is Saturday and I should have waited to take the pictures until after I weed wacked and mowed. But I digress.
What I like most about this fencing is that since the chicken mesh is plastic rather than metal, it is much lighter and easier to work with than chicken wire.
And the metal posts are designed to be put in the ground easily and removed easily. This makes it so you can set it up, move it or take it down on a whim. And it is very convenient and handy. I really like it.
The nesting box can be reached very easily from a door on the side of the coop. Everything is plastic so if the birds poop in the nesting box it is very easy to clean. And there is a handy door between the roosting area and the nesting box so that you can shut the hens out during the night if you want to so that they do not sleep in there.
I think it would be easier if the door to the nesting area had hinges. Instead the door completely removes so you have to set it on the ground while removing the eggs. It would make it easier to remove the eggs and close the door back if there were hinges.
You can also access the nesting box from the back of the coop where you access the roosting area and poop tray as well. This makes it easier to clean out (and hose out) the nesting box when you need to.
As you can see in this image I did not clean out the roosting area to take this picture. It is about time to clean out the poop trays and so this gives you a realistic look at about how dirty it gets when the chickens are in there. It really is not too bad at all. I wanted to take a picture of it while it was dirty so you could see a real life image and know what to expect.
As you can see I am not using the nest box on the left. All of my chickens are young and won’t start laying for a few months. The dirt that you see in there is just stuff that has blown in there from the wind. I did leave the door open once and a chicken got in there and pooped once as well.
For cleaning it is really easy to just hose this area out when you need to. I have not done it yet but I have been told if you put a little bedding below in the poop tray it makes the poop tray easier to clean out. I may try that but it has not been difficult without bedding in the poop tray.
Chicken Coop Poop Tray
Here is how the poop tray looks after about two weeks with four small chickens. Since they are young, not yet laying, and still learning how to use the ladder, they are mostly only in there at night. As you can see that plastic surface is simple and easy to clean. I just have a little garden hand hoe that I use to scrape it out into my compost pile, then I use the hose to hose it out. It is really quick and painless.
I think my favorite thing about the Omlet Eglu Cube is how easy it is to keep clean. It really is a very slick well designed system.
Chicken Water and Feed Holders
In this image we are looking through the outside fence plus the coop cage. I apologize for the lack of clarity. The chickens are young and still kind of skiddish so every time I would slip inside the fence to get a picture they would run to the back of the coop. I wanted one showing them using the feeders.
I can say I could not be happier with the water and feed holders. The feeder has a brow that hangs over the feed and keeps the food dry when it rains. For the water that does not matter if it gets rained on. There was no training involved at all, even with these young hens. They found the food and water first thing.
Since I only have four hens the feed and water holders fit nicely inside the roosting area too. I don’t normally put it in there but I may during the day this winter, only because it snows a lot here.
Manual Chicken Coop Door
This is a very handy feature to have on the coop. This knob allows to you close the door of the coop, keeping the hens locked in the roosting area, at the end of the day. They do have an automatic option that we will discuss in a moment. But this knob is so handy that you it only takes two seconds to close the door once your hens are in for the night.
But I guess in our modern world of not wanting to get up to turn on and off our television sets, it makes sense why the automatic option is so popular. However if you don’t want to spend the extra money, this manual knob makes closing the door a snap. And it locks them tight in the coop.
Automatic Chicken Coop Door
The Automatic Chicken Coop Door is a feature I do not have yet but I plan on purchasing. I did not want to spend the extra money until I knew I liked the coop. Now that I do I plan on getting it before this winter.
This is a coop door that not only fits the Omlet Eglu Cube coop, but is designed to be able to be attached to wooden coops people already have as well. It comes with an automatic timer that will automatically open and close the door at a set time every morning and evening.
It is not that difficult to close the door at night with the manual door that comes with the coop. You can close the door from outside the coop with a nob that is on the top of the coup.
For the price I think this coop is an amazing well thought out design. It is a great value for the money. When I was first looking for a mobile coop design, my first thought was to look for plans and try to build it myself. But all of the plans I found were made out of wood. They were heavy and would hurt kill the grass if I was not constantly moving the coup.
To me this design where only metal wire touches the ground made a lot of sense to me. When I considered not only the time and materials of making one myself, along with the constant need of having to move it all the time, the Omlet Eglu Cube seemed like the better value. And I am more convinced of that now that I own it and have been using mine for a while. I highly recommend them.
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