In 2016 Amy quit a very stressful job after both her parents had passed away. She always wanted to ride a horse so she decided it was time to give that a go and her dad had blessed her with the opportunity. Amy’s dad had left her a little bit of money which led her to purchase her own horse. She met a lot of people at the barn where she was boarding her horse and some of them owned their own chickens. Amy became intrigued with raising backyard chickens and after some initial research and of course convincing her husband, they decided it was time to purchase some chickens.
In the fall of 2018, Amy purchased 8 babies, each of different breeds. She wanted to name them, so she purchased them all from different breeds.
The Search For A Chicken Coop with Run
When she began looking for a chicken coop, right before her babies arrived, she did a lot of research and asked a lot of questions on Facebook. She learned very quickly that she didn’t want a cheaply made chicken coop from one of the big box farm stores. She wanted something like…. Well here is what Amy said
“I wanted something that was very sturdy and had room for them to be in during the day as I was not going to free-range them (neighbors, and predators). I spent what I thought was a lot of money and purchased a coop that was very well built but was way too small for my growing girls even though the description said up to 10 hens. The run was underneath the coop and not very easy to clean or get to a chicken if I needed too. Then winter came and even though the coop and run came with panels the coop was always filled with snow. The attached waters froze even with aquarium heaters in them. I was devastated and needless to say extremely concerned for the well-being of my girls who were less than a year old and started pecking each other to death. So, when spring came, I knew I could not go through another winter with this coop.”
Finding The Hen House Collection
A friend of Amy was looking for a house by Warsaw, NY, which was about 40 minutes from where Amy lived but she saw a sign for Chicken Coops and mentioned something to Amy. She told Amy he had some in the inventory, so Amy and her husband decided to drive out and go see him. After looking around the inventory and chatting with the owner, she realized it wasn’t exactly what she was looking for.
After peaking at the catalog and looking around our website, Amy started having many different questions, so she contacted Justin several times and he took down everything she wanted and gave them an exact quote for the combination coop with run. “Justin was great!” says Amy. She needed her coop to be a certain size due to the town codes where she resides, and Justin was able to meet all those requirements.
In Amy’s words “You had so many nice options that we ended up getting all the upgrades. The floor, the auto door, the poop drawer, the electrical package, you were even able to customize the egg boxes for me as the size I ordered was for 6 boxes and I only wanted 3. The metal roof is absolutely gorgeous along with the copula and weather vain. The only thing that I was unhappy with was the heated roosting bars. They really don’t heat up like I thought they would. But as I said in my review the coop is so well made that they really don’t need them. I don’t think the coop temperature dropped below 25 degrees all winter.”
Why Amy Chose Our Chicken Coop with Run
The biggest selling point to Amy was that she was able to walk inside the chicken coop with run. For her being able to get inside and clean the coop and tend to chickens if she needed to, was very important. Her old chicken coop had one, very small square door that she had to get on her belly if she needed to get a chicken. She loved the fact that she could roam inside freely without hitting her head or having to crouch. This was the best feature of the 6×12 combination chicken coop with run for Amy.
For Amy, the attached run was also one of the selling points. She says “I also have to say having an attached run to keep them safe in if I am not home is a huge plus for me. We did fence in a play yard for them, but I only let them out if I am home and keeping an eye on them. I had a hawk try to take my polish hen and caught it just in time. So, I am very careful. They are my pets and I love them to death.” Keeping her babies safe was very important to Amy, and she would be upset if anything ever happened to them.
Amy’s Chicken Coop with Run Testimonial
In conclusion, when we asked Amy if she would recommend our coops her response was…
“I would definitely recommend your chicken coops and have already. I have friends that have bought the cheap coops and are replacing them every two years because they fall apart. Another friend used a dog enclosure as a run, and it blew over in the wind. My coop is not going anywhere.
I am beyond thrilled with my chicken coop with run. I have friends that say they want to live there. My neighbor’s teenage daughter said she wanted to sleep in there when I first got it. My girls (Helen, Edith, Henrietta, Myrtle Gracie, Mrs. Kravitz aka Gladys, Laverne, and Shirley) are safe and comfortable all year.”
Tell Your Story
We want to give a huge shout out to Amy King and thank her for taking the time to help us tell her story.
If you are someone who has purchased a chicken coop from The Hen House Collection or one of our Authorized Dealers, please reach out to us and let us tell your chicken coop story. We love getting feedback from users of our chicken coops. Thank you for reading!