FULLY WELDED FRAME
The TopHutch features a fully welded frame made from pre-galvanised steel. This ensures that even if the powder coat is damaged the pre-galvanised steel frame below is still protected from corrosion. The TopHutch is delivered to your door complete – there is no bolting, screwing, unpacking or even mess to throw away afterwards. You will need to attach any optional accessories, but you will be able to use the TopHutch as an animal shelter the minute it arrives on your property.
WELD MESH AND DOORS
We use weld mesh in the fabrication of the TopHutch. Weld Mesh is much stronger than chicken wire or aviary mesh and is guaranteed to stop any predator from getting in. The doors are made from folded sheet metal and are designed to be lifted up. The door is able to fold back far enough that it will stay open without being held open. Each door has three hinges, a convenient lifting handle and a keyless lock so that you can get in but your pet can’t just push the door open.
The TopHutch can be used throughout Australia. The internal panel comes with each hutch but it is not a structural component which means you can install or remove it at your discretion. If you live north of Brisbane you will probably decide never to install it, and if you live in Tasmania you might never take it out. When the internal panel is in you will cut down the circulation of air and vice versa. Generally speaking, the TopHutch should be set up in a position where it gets shade during the day.
The TopHutch has an open floor design to give your pets access to the ground beneath the hutch, allowing them to graze or relax according to their desires. The more often you move your TopHutch the less impact it will have on your lawn. If you are worried about predators digging in from outside then a sheet of weld mesh can be used as a floor. The TopHutch has been designed to suit the most common size of weld mesh (2400mm x 1200mm) which is available from your stockist.
OPTIONAL – CHICKEN KEEPERS KIT (+$49)
If you wish to use your TopHutch for chickens, then you will need to consider roosting spaces and laying boxes. You can either design your own or purchase our Chicken Keepers Kit. The kit includes –
- An 800mm length of timber (50mm x 20mm pine) and 2 metal brackets to hold it in position. 6 wood screws and 6 metal screws are supplied.
- A timber laying box made from 100mm x 16mm board. Timber screws are supplied.
OPTIONAL – SMALL ANIMAL KEEPERS KIT (+$49)
If you wish to use your TopHutch for pets other than chickens then we can include a raised platform on top of which you can place a straw or a pet bed for warmth without worrying about if they get wet. The kit includes –
- A piece of board measuring 1100mm x 800mm together with 4 metal brackets to hold it in position. 12 wood screws and 12 metal screws are also supplied.
OPTIONAL – MOBILITY KIT (+$29)
The TopHutch can easily be lifted by two people and moved to a new location. If you like, you can purchase 4 ergonomic handles to attach to the mounting points to make the TopHutch more comfortable to move. (In January 2020, we will be finalising the design of a wheel mounting so that you can use wheels at one end and handles on the other so that the whole product can be shifted as easily as a wheelbarrow)
- Mobility kit only consists of 4 steel handles which attach to each corner of the TopHutch for easier carrying.
Delivery Insurance – COMPLIMENTARY – we choose the freight company so we don’t see why you should have to pay extra just to receive peace of mind. All of our products are shipped at our risk.
Fox Mesh Floor – Your pets would prefer not to have a floor on the bottom of the hutch, but they would certainly not like to have a fox inside either! Therefore If foxes are a problem where you live, you can purchase a wire mesh floor for your coop ($50).
None. The Hutch arrives fully assembled. (Although optional extras if purchased will need to be screwed into position)
Delivery is currently only available ex-Sydney. Please contact us for a shipping quote.
All chicken tractors are held in stock in our warehouse in Western Sydney. Dispatch occurs within 48 hours of payment and delivery time will then depend on how far from Sydney the delivery address is.