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Site Preparation

(Applies to ALL Coops EXCEPT for the Charming Coop!)

Preparing for Your Coop. Upon ordering your chicken coop or duck home, we will get busy building, while you get busy with a bit of site preparation! As you know, our coops are incredibly well built and made of heavy, high-quality material, and because of the quality we offer, our coops can be rather hefty, weighing a minimum of 1600 pounds. In order to protect your investment in your coop, we suggest that you:

1. Build a Leveled Pad - Your pad can be as elaborate as concrete or as simple as a limestone pad. By the way, most people do opt for a limestone pad, which is perfectly acceptable for this purpose! Either way, please make sure your pad is as follows:

  • Pad Size - We recommend your overall pad should measure between 6”-12” larger than the footprint of the coop you ordered! For example, if you ordered a 6’x6’ coop, you should build a pad that is up to 7’x7’. If your coop comes with a porch please add 4' to your footprint measurement.

  • Pad Depth - If you plan to use limestone, your pad should be 4” deep and we recommend the use of #57 limestone. 

2. Ensure that Our Trucks Can Deliver - Because we are unfamiliar with your property, we would ask that you, please communicate with us about any concerns as it relates to accessibility to your property! This is particularly important for those of you receiving a fully assembled coop. Please take the time to check the following:

  • Access to the Site - We recommend that you have at least 5’ of clearance in addition to the width of your coop. For example, if you ordered a 6’x6’ coop, you should have at minimum 11’ of clearance for our delivery crew to be able to move your coop into its final location safely.

  • What to do if you Don’t Have Adequate Clearance - We ask that you let us know this information immediately as we can make arrangements for your coop to ship in a kit format instead of as a fully assembled coop. ***Please Note: This is your responsibility exclusively and must be communicated prior to your ship date!!

3. Secure Help to Place Your Coop - Your coop will arrive on a flatbed truck. If you live outside of Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, or Michigan, you will need to be a part of the unloading process by securing a forklift on-site at the time of your drop off. This may sound slightly overwhelming, but we’re here to help you along the way! Please refer to our list of Preferred Partners on our Shipping page.

If this information doesn’t quite provide all the answers you’re looking for, please don’t hesitate to contact us and we’ll work to find you a trusted source for your delivery!