I am very happy with the purchase. The 6x6x6 came in 5 or 6 smaller packages that I could easily manage. Two of us put the run together in a few hours. The run is sturdy and attractive.
So there are a lot of clips to snap into place for this, but once that was done this thing requires very little maintenance. The mesh is strong - strong enough to hang things that are a few pounds a piece, like feeders and waterers. Attaching tarps for shade and protection from the rain is dead simple and they hold fast. The doors and latches are simple to operate and stay closed when you close them. The skirt around the bottom has been sufficient enough to deter any predators in our neighborhood. The wider spacing of the mesh on the top half of the enclosure means mice and small rats can get into the coop, but other than stealing some food they weren't a menace. We dealt with them with some traps and they haven't come back since, but if the problem persisted it would have been easy to strap some hardware cloth or chicken wire to the outside of the run to make it harder for them to get in.
I do recommend installing some concrete blocks under the posts - we found that after about 6 months of the chickens scratching away at the edges of the run the posts started to sag down and kept having to be pushed back up and repack the dirt underneath. With the cinder blocks installed underneath them this problem goes away completely, and it would have been much easier to do before the run was assembled and in place.
I bought in to the Omlet system because my friend has a Mk2 with a 2 metre run which I like. But she has 2 chickens and I wanted to keep 4 so I wanted more room.
The 2x2x2 has turned out to add much more than just floor space however. I've put in 2 perches at different heights, and my birds fly around from one to the other. Also the stable doorway makes safe access very easy. I can re-fill water and food by leaning over the bottom stable door. And I can also from outside easily refill feeding trays that I hang from the ceiling.
My girls are very happy.
Love your products! Gave my chickens much more room.
Not only provides a lot more space than Eglu Cube + 2x1m run, but I love sitting in there with them, especially when they fall asleep on my outstretched legs or on the perch next to me while I sing to them! I let them out into the garden for at least a couple of hours each day for more exercise and interest and to peck at grass and scratch around as it wouldn't be big enough for them to be stuck in all the time. As it's so secure I don't worry too much about foxes if I'm out in the evening and don't get back till dark to shut them in the coop. Obviously it's not moveable like the Cube + 2x1m run, and they'd scratched all the vegetation away in a week. Now a mud bath in wet weather so will probably order rain cover too. Reasonably easy to put up. Probably doesn't need to be quite as high.
We have a Mark 1 egloo for our chickens with 1m extension. It was fine but wanted to give the chickens more room so put netting up in a larger area for the to run around in during the day. The problem was that we had to go and open up every morning and lock up in the evening. Whilst not too bad for us when we went away it was a pain for our neighbours who were looking after the chickens. So we invested in the 2m walk in run and its been fantastic. The chickens can now come out on their own during the day without us having to open and close up. Excellent for the neighbours. I have put wooden planks around the edge and filled with wood chips which look great and make it so much cleaner.
Overall I would recommend this to anyone.
An incredibly well built, easy to install (well, I’m only passing on the feedback from my partner and sons who actually built the thing!) and stunning addition to my garden. Such a pleasure to spend time inside it just hanging out with my girls - I’ve installed a chair in one corner as I spend so much time in there with them! Fabulous, Omlet. Top marks.
The top half of the run is absolutely fine but the holes in the mesh are too large which means the run is NOT rat proof (or small bird proof). These holes need to be smaller or the same size as the wire panels on the bottom half (I have had to add internal small sized wire which is expensive and defeats the objective).
I am delighted by the look of our 3 X 2 X 2 run, which is surprisingly elegant in design and so pleasing that it actually improves the garden. It seems airy and spacious and the hens seem to like it very much. Much nicer than the publicity photos suggest and excellent customer service!
bought the Eglu up, which the girls really took to. they love the shade of the next box. then added the walk in run, which is really well built and totally secure. it's all surrounded by the chicken fence, which again is a great product. Did find it a little tricky to put together at first, but once we got the hang it went up well.