6 Best Chicken Coops For Silkies with Run [A Chicken Dad’s PICKS!]

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Lots of silkies do not like ramps (at least 2 of mine don’t) so I recommend keeping the coop as low to the ground as possible.

Plus, most silkies do not roost and the ones that do prefer lower roosts.

We are recommending the best chicken coop for silkies today with these factors in mind.

I typically go for a coop that is at least 5” long and 2.5” wide. That provides plenty of space for your birds to get together. A run of at least 6” x 5” is great too.

Best Chicken Coops For Silkies

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  • OverEZ Large Chicken Coop for 15 Chickens with Nesting Box – Large Bird, Poultry and Hen House Made from Wood
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  • Large Metal Chicken Coop Walk-in Poultry Cage Chicken Run Duck House Chicken Pen Spire Shaped Coop with Waterproof and Anti-Ultraviolet Cover for Outdoor Backyard Farm Use(9.8′ L x 26.2′ W x 6.4′ H)
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  • OverEZ Small Chicken Coop for up to 5 Chickens with Nesting Box – Large Bird, Poultry and Hen House Made from Wood
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  • OverEZ Large Chicken Coop for 15 Chickens with Nesting Box – Large Bird, Poultry and Hen House Made from Wood

This is simply one of the best well-made, sturdy products you can get for your silkie chickens now.

The installation instructions are easy to read and follow. It took me only 30 minutes to set up and install.

I used a screw gun since the screws are already started for you. Remember to order their automatic door too.

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That fits and works seamlessly too. Here is a video that might help:

My silkies are absolutely in love with this chicken coop. It is nice and roomy and I think I’d be getting more birds soon! The nest boxes are low – which is something you want if you plan to keep silkies.

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In the last winter, we had some serious cold days and this coop held out. In fact, the ladies showed no signs whatsoever of being uncomfortable or cold while in this coop – they laid right on through!

In fact, I could say I had more eggs over winter than I knew what to do with!

  • Extra Large Chicken Coop, Rabbit House Wooden Hen House Outdoor Bunny Hutch – Upgrade with Bottom PVC Layer (Grey, Chicken coop #049)

This chicken coop takes about 35 minute to fully assemble, and the instructions are easy to follow.

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The quality is great, and sturdy enough. It will work perfectly for your chickens or ducklings until you are able to build a bigger run area around it.

The part I don’t like is that this coop is not predator proof. So, bear that in mind.

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The top door to the coop area doesn’t have a latch and the other 3 latches are really simple to open by racoons.

Buy better latches as soon as you can and your birds should be safe.

  • Fiveberry Magbean 123″ Large Solid Wood Chicken Coop Backyard Hen House 3-4 Chickens with 4 Nesting Boxes

This unit is easy to put together. However, I wish the company had labeled the instructions since that would have made it a whole lot simpler.

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The quality is fine. It is what it is for the price you paid.

  • Large Metal Chicken Coop Walk-in Poultry Cage Chicken Run Duck House Chicken Pen Spire Shaped Coop with Waterproof and Anti-Ultraviolet Cover for Outdoor Backyard Farm Use(9.8′ L x 26.2′ W x 6.4′ H)

This product actually performed waaaay better than expected! I was REALLLY surprised.

If you need a coop to keep your chickens safe from hawk attacks then you should go for this.

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AT first I thought the low price would mean it is badly made. But upon arrival this cage is very sturdy and installation is very easy.

The parts are marked with numbers for quick and stress less installation. It took me 1 hour to fully assemble all pieces together.

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Large Metal Chicken Coop Walk-in Poultry

The toughest part of this is actually setting the net mesh. You should involve a second hand to quicken the process.

The package arrives with 3 packs of white zips, a total of 750 pieces, way more than enough to use! That’s way more than I expected.

My silkies are very happy using the coop since I let them free range, but this coop is great to have when I cannot stand outside and guard them from predators.

In short, I definitely recommend this chicken coop, hope my review helps

  • Esright 88″ Large Chicken Coop Wooden Chicken Cage Hen House, Outdoor Yard Poultry Pet Hutch for Small Animal Coops with Nesting Box and Chicken Run for 6-8 Chickens

This chicken coop is an excellent yet simple, sturdy pen for any animal.

I got it for my baby silkies and they love it so much I had to purchase another.

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It can be extended by leaving off one side and adding another pen to it.

It’s metal coated and is easy and simple to put together and light weight. I’m glad I got this coop. It really is worth it.

I recommended it to my friend for her new rabbits.

  • OverEZ Small Chicken Coop for up to 5 Chickens with Nesting Box – Large Bird, Poultry and Hen House Made from Wood

This small chicken coop is solidly built and comes with everything fitting together with ease, perfectly.

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The only con here is the assembly. A woman looking to install it might require help with the heavy pieces.

Once fully assembled completely, this coop protects against the elements and predators, and is comfortable for 5 chickens.

The nests are quite small too but silkies rarely use nests and will prefer to lay in the corner of their coop.

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Floor

First off, create a floor of the coop. Ensure it is off the ground but at the same time low enough for silkies.

I found out they silkies typically have a hard time with steep inclines, so the ramps should be long and low.

Walls

Now, build the walls and the roof rafters put on. I recommend putting on a metal roof with a steep slant.

You definitely want the snow sliding easily off. The e=roof should feature long overhangs.

You might need to add in gutters in the future.

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Silkies do not handle the rain well. Their fluffy feathers hardly let water bead off of them. So, once they get wet, they appear drenched.

Windows

Install windows up high so that lots of air can move in and out. Silkies do not do well with drafts so you want that air moving up above them.

Ventilation are important to the health of your birds. I keep the windows open at all times. So, you can use hardware cloth stapled over the window screens to keep predators from making their way inside.

The Run

When it comes to building the run, you want to lay down hardware cloth on the inside and a 1skirt around the outside to keep digging predators from making their way in and having a feast.

You can pile gravel on top of the hardware cloth and place pea rock on top of that.

Silkies have beautiful feathered feet. You want to protect those feathers by having soft bedding or even using dirt or sand in the coop or run.  Large rocks can often break off foot feathers, so use as small of rock as you can.

The Roof

For the roof, use a metal sloping roof.

Hawks can be a real threat to silkies., They are small enough to be lifted and taken away.

Their crests are large and impedes their ability to look up.  Even their coloration can make them a standout when free ranging. Try to limit their free ranging to when you can be there to watch out for them. Otherwise a covered run is their best protection from flying predators.

Consider Other Predators

Be aware of the several other predators in your area and design your coop to keep them out.

Know the silkie predators in your area and design your coop with them in mind.

For example, for weasels or mink, plug up all small holes and secure your windows with hardware cloth.

For diggers like fox, keep a buried hardware cloth around your run.

Larger animals such as bear will need electric wire around the outside.

Conclusion

If you would rather not build but would prefer to buy, there are some few coops that are available for sale and are great for silkies.

For people who live in cold climates such as Canada and Alaska, remember to insulate properly using heat lamps.

Author: Howard S. Baldwin

My name is Howard S. Baldwin. I am a work-at-home dad to three lovely girls, Jane + Hannah + Beauty. I have been blogging for the last 3 years. I worked for other Home and Lifetsyle blogs, did hundreds of product reviews and buyers’ guides. Prior to that, I was a staff accountant at a big accounting firm. Needless to say, researching and numbers are my passion. My goal is to be an informative source for any topic that relates to DIY life and homemaking.

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