We are first-time hen keepers who recently acquired three commercial rescue hens as pets. This coop was bought for them, and we have been using it for about five weeks now.
I am not an enthusiastic assmebler of flat packs but I found that the house itself was easy to assemble although it took a bit longer than the guide time. The run was a bit of a nightmare to assemble - the clips were very fiddly and hard on the fingers, and I had not expected there to be some many small panels to put together. It took me ages and I had to re-do one side as I had made a mistake somewhere along the line.
However, I am absolutely delighted with the finished product. The hens love it and it is very easy to keep clean.My two children soon got the hang of opening and closing the run door and the coop, and they love going out in the morning to let the hens out, feed them and check for eggs.
I am glad I bought the wheels package as it makes it very easy to move the coop and run around the garden. I didn't realise to begin how to click the wheels into position but my 5 year old soon sorted me out. (He has been an avid viewer of the videos of the coop on the Omlet website!)
Having the coop up off the ground makes it easier to clean and to collect eggs, and the hens also like sheltering under it if it is raining.It also gives them a bit extra grass if they are shut in the run during the day (they normally get to free-range) although we bought the 1m extension which I think gives them about the right amount of space.
The hens took no time at all to get the hang of the ladder and take themselves to bed every night.
I feel that they are safe in the coop at night as it seems very sturdy and secure.
I also think the coop and run look great in our garden and several visitors have said the same thing.
So, all in all, very pleased with our purchase and happy to give it 5 out of 5 even although the run was quite fiddly to put together.
Still building Go-Up coop run and I don't have my chickens yet but I wanted to write this to share first impressions and Omlets outstanding customer service.
First impression: Adorable, practical coop as promised, easy to build!
Customer service: Outstanding! Friendly, professional, and loyalty building. One box of four in our shipment was badly damaged in shipment- I presume it had a long journey to California. Scuffed coop frame. Kids and I fretted. Contacted customer service to report the issue and sent pics of the damage and they promptly and without question sent a replacement, with frequent email updates during the process. Clare in customer service could not be nicer, I am thinking of naming one of our chickens after her. Thank you Omlet, Clare and team!
I love this coop! It arrived when expected and my husband and I put it together over three days. All the bits and pieces were there and the instructions were clear. It looks awesome and I can't wait to see my chickens in it soon.
So far so good awaiting arrival of chickens.
Parcel with coop arrived safe with all the bits.
More difficult and time consuming to assemble than envisaged feel the run attached could be made simpler... too many bits.
Looks good in the garden
This set up is worth every penny. My birds love it and so do we. It is easy to clean out, taking minutes not hours, and the feeling of security is wonderful. It is well made and straightforward to put together (it did take two of us - one reading the instructions). My ex batts are in paradise.
As a newbie to keeping hens the main consideration was to find the best coop to keep the hens safe from predators and then to keep clean, to (hopefully) prevent red mite etc. I am sure we have found this with the Eglu Go Up, we love it.
I would also like to mention we had a small issue with the screw holes not lining up properly on part of the base stand, we called Omlet and they could not have been more helpful, amazing customer service and we received a new stand the following day.
I had the Go for around 3 years before buying the necessary kit to upgrade to a Go Up.
I'm very glad that I did. Part of me thinks only this should be sold. It is a whole lot easier. Be aware, your existing run will be useless with the Go Up, but there'll be a buyer on eBay. Ours went for around £50 believe it or not (a 3 year old 2m run).
The Go Up makes life a lot easier and the chickens (4) took to it in hardly any time at all. From having never ascended or descended steps like these ever before, they became naturals in just a few days - first few days they were unsteady and jumping down instead of walking down.
The Go Up is all about ease for you, though, the Human here. The Go Up on its own is not really that beneficial, it's the wheel set that makes the world of difference. Moving home is now so much easier.
Improvements for the Go Up?
I wish we could keep the front door half open, held in position by a pin or something, I do this with plastic pegs.
I wish the stable door was much less flimsy than the door on the old run. I've currently clipped them together as that works better for me.
The feet pedals for putting it onto its wheels - ingenious and silly design at the same time. Ingenious way of doing it but silly 'cos it is really often difficult to move them with your foot - could be made just a bit bigger, maybe, so that becomes easier for us.
The only thing I would ever contemplate getting in place of this is the Cube. It deserves 5 stars, even though improvements could be made.
Our hens are very happy in their new home and we are very pleased with the quality of design and manufacture. 833
Really pleased with the eglu go up. So much easier to move around and keep clean compared to our wooden coup. It was quite easy but time consuming to put together (about an hour and a half). I think the cage could be more robust by having fewer panels and therefore less joins and having a tubular bar, like that of the frame for the coup, around the base to make it stronger particularly when moving it. We haven't been able to put the skirt on the bottom because it makes the coup too wide to get into bits of our garden but I expect putting this on would make it more robust. The join under the door is particularly flimsy, having said that I like the double door it makes access really easy. it would be good to have a door at the back of the coup too. I like the idea of hanging the food and water containers on the side of the cage but because of the shape and depth my bantams have trouble reaching into the food container but the water trough works ok for them. The other thing that would improve the cage is to have a thicker bar to span the cage to hang food from, I put a cane through from one side to the other to hang cabbages and other treats but it would be good to have something made for the purpose. On the whole I think it is worth the extra money because of the ease of cleaning but a few modifications could make it perfect.
It looks good and does the job. There were fox paw prints on the back after just a week but the hens stayed safe. House is easy to clean and the wheels make it easy to move single handed even with an extension. The run is small, even with the extension, so 3 is the maximum unless you will be free ranging them every day. Thought they might struggle with the ladder but they worked it out straight away.