After starting a couple of years back with a Go, we quickly progressed to the Cube and added extension after extension to the run but the height was always a hinderance to getting in and cleaning etc. After much hinting and badgering my other half gave in and we saved up and got this amazing piece of kit. Looks beautiful in the garden and we've almost doubled the floor space for the girls now with the added invaluable bonus of being able to remain upright whilst cleaning, housekeeping and spending time with them. Highly recommended although a small delivery glitch that is not uncommon gave us a bit of a headache, however was easy to build with a bit of prior planning and can honestly say that we're thrilled with it! Would recommend to anyone!
Took around 5 hrs to complete, two of us, instructions great just have to keep going, once the lower level was erected the rest did not take to long. Hens all safe in their new run.
14 large boxes from the courier 8 of them being for the walk in run.I was left perplexed at where to start but after a string espresso got to grips with the excellent box numbering and was able to start with some degree of confidence.Got the bottom section erected within 4 hours and whilst looking and feeling flimsy I got some neighbours to help me lift it into place so that it could be attached to the Eglu Cube.I got on with the upper section the following day and was able to do this section by myself ( the netting clips and pole clips being quite easy to snap on although there were hundreds of them) again this took about 4 hours to erect including the sorting of the parts from the boxes.It was not until a few days later that the roof panels were installed and I had to have assistance initially to hold them in place whilst they were partly clipped.I finshed off the whole of the clipping at me leisure.The Eglu Cube with it's 2 metre run and the 3x4x2 walk in run look great and I have received many good comments of it's looks and stabilty.
Delivered to France with great help from Omlet to check the delivery status and arrival time. Looks neat and tidy and the chickens are happy and safe. I would highly recommend this product.
Not cheap at first glance. However, it's very well designed, looks great, surprisingly solid and robust once erected, a lovely big space for the chickens to roam in and most importantly we are 100% confident that any unwanted visitors are kept out. Therefore, for the extra that you are spending, these runs are actually well worth the money and will stand the test of time. A handmade wooden construction could never be as hygienic or look as good and would be hard to take with if you moved home.
As this is a particularly large run, it took me and hubbie a couple of days to put up. I would say to lay all the boxes out in order on the ground and FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS and then you can't go wrong!
We purchased the run as our chickens had become escape artists and were getting over and through the netting fence despite clipped wings! They are now contained though we have not put the roof panels on as they would collect twigs and leaves.
Our only criticism is that the instructions and diagrams are not clear enough at the start as I started with the poles on the inside of the panels and needed a bit of sleight of hand to correct this.
Firstly the awkward bits. It takes a long time to put up if you're not that experienced (pretty much a whole day). It's not that it's difficult, just that there's a lot of things to get right. I think the instructions could be a little clearer on how the panels should fit round the poles (eg poles on the inside). If you've got space, leave all the bits in each box as they all look similar.
The roof also dips a little in the middle section, so when water lands on the all weather cover it sags inwards. In heavier weather there's inevitably a giant shower once the sagging gets too heavy. We're working on maybe putting some fibreglass poles (like in tents) underneath the cover to create an artificial roof structure to allow the rain to run away.
The cube doesn't actually fit that comfortably inside as you need the three vertical supports inside the run. Oh, and build the run around the cube.....it can't go in afterwards.
The good points.
Looks great, relatively easy to assemble (it's just clips) and the chickens really enjoy it. I know that I've put more detail regarding the negatives but they're only relatively minor. Although it seems quite expensive, I would probably buy it all again.
Great run for the chickens. Its expensive though and not the easiest thing to put up. It took me 7 hours in the pouring rain but once up it was very strong and secure. The instructions aren't the easiest to understand till you get the hang of it and 9 copies of the instructions were supplied! Still its a great run and fun more my children to get close up with their chickens.
We ordered a Walk in Run - 2m x 2m - to fit an Eglu Go with Run. The run was delivered in 3 packages on the day that we requested although it was delivered to our neighbours house as we were not in. Mind you neither were our neighbours. We decided to take our time building the run and this was a good thing because the instructions were somewhat lacking in detail. However, we got the run built and connected to our Eglu Go and our chickens were duly introduced to their new home. The chickens settled in to their expanded run quickly and seemed to enjoy their new living quarters until an intruder came on the scene. The run is built in two parts. The lower part has very close mesh but the upper section has a more open mesh. This keeps out foxes, we guess because we have not had any evidence of them, but it lets in rodents such as squirrels. So we have the situation of three hens cowering in a corner of their run as a predatory squirrel comes in through the upper part and eats their food and makes a play for the nesting box where the eggs are awaiting collection. The design of the run leaves the chickens feeling terrorised by rodent intruders which is not very satisfactory. We now have to find a solution to keep the intruding squirrels out of the chickens home and having spent over £600 on the run we think this is not entirely satisfactory.
Great product , really needs 2 to assenble it but once up great for the chickens and the children who visit them