Wooden v plastic housing
Q Which is better, plastic or wooden housing?
A Andy Cawthray says: Chicken housing is now built in a variety of materials when once it was only timber. There are, however, only really two main players, wood and plastic. Wooden housing offers a greater level of flexibility and modification with housing available not only to meet the specific needs of certain breeds but also to blend with the environment the house is in. Wood is also a naturally breathable product and a well-designed wooden house will not suffer from condensation even when ventilation is poor. They are also far easier to repair should the need arise.
Plastic housing has a limited number of design options as the sections tend to slot together or are pre-moulded; this, however, does mean that when it comes to cleaning and annual maintenance, the task can be simpler. Plastic requires no treatment with a preserver and weekly cleaning is significantly easier and quicker meaning they can be cleaned out, washed and dried in less than 30 minutes. This also makes them the easier of the two materials to deal with when suffering a red mite infestation; but don’t be fooled, no house no matter which material it’s built from will be red mite proof.
In the end your personal preference and budget will decide which material you will go with as they have pros and cons in equal measures.
RIGHT INSET: Typical wooden housing for a substantial flock This coop is made from recycled plastic. Photo courtesy Green Frog Designs