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This review is based on my experience of owning and using Omlet's Eglu Cube and run as a "chicken tractor" for seven years.
The Cube will be ideal for you if you:
I have a detailed article about why the design of Omlet's coops in general makes them ultra-secure, weather-adaptable and predator-proof. You'll find it here.
This is a long, detailed review. If you're looking for some particular information, use these links to jump straight to that section.
Otherwise, continue reading to get the whole picture.
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Omlet, the company who make the Eglu Cube, have a common specification for their different coop designs.
...take a look at my full article about Omlet's exclusive design, measured against the required welfare needs for chicken housing.
There are two main parts: the roosting house and the nest box. They're separated by a partition with a door which can be left open to allow hens to lay, or closed to stop the chickens sleeping in it.
Omlet assess there is enough space in this chicken coop for up to ten bantams, eight medium or six large breed chickens.
This will, though, depend also on the size of run you use. Omlet's smallest run would not be sufficient for the maximum number of chickens. Using the largest run and free ranging time, it's right to say that six large breeds would be fine.
Take a look at the costs of adding on an Omlet run on this interactive page – and read my run review, here.
The Cube is ideal in most settings, providing the number of chickens you want to keep tallies with what the Cube can fit.
It's popular for smaller gardens in an urban or semi-urban setting...
and for larger properties where you only want a few hens and can allow then to free range.
Because I already have a large, stone-built coop, I use my Eglu for times when I need a smaller space to isolate chickens, for example...
For more detailed information about how Eglu's runs work, take a look at my article dealing with the Eglu run as a "tractor". It will open on a new page so you can easily come back here to read more about the Cube.
The Eglu is sent as a flat-packed kit. Here's how it arrives – the coop takes four boxes, the run two more...
...and initially it's a bit overwhelming, as you can tell from my short "unboxing" video...
It's really important to watch Omlet's own video of how to build it. We made the mistake of thinking we could do it without spending that time, and it took us probably twice as long as it should have done!
Below is their shortened version. The longer version can be found on their YouTube channel.
So if you're thinking of buying the Eglu Cube coop, don't be put off by what might look like a complicated build. It's really not.
Unless you intend to free range your chickens all the time, every coop needs a run.
The Omlet Cube is versatile, in that it can stand alone in a run you already have, or you can buy one of the predator-proof Omlet runs which attach to the sides of the coop – which is what I have.
Those runs are the width of the coop and can be as short as 2 metres (6') or as long as 3.5 metres (12').
My dream scenario, though, is to have one of their large walk-in runs, like this...
...which would mean I don't have to crawl inside the run to clean it out or retrieve chickens who decide roosting under the Cube would be a good idea...
Again, Omlet has an impressive range of walk-in runs which you can choose to meet the space you have available. As with all their products, they're of a high quality and are, in my view, the closest to a predator-proof run currently available.
I have reviewed Omlet's chicken runs in detail on this page.
We all like to spoil our chickens and make their life as interesting as possible. Omlet have a range of fun chicken toys (including the famous chicken swing!), and a range of useful products to enhance the Eglu Cube.
Again, this is expensive, but it's high quality and top of the range. If your area has an extreme winter climate, this is my recommendation.
The food and drink containers fix to the run bars. The feeder holds plenty of grain for the number of chickens in the coop.
So why a drawback?
Like all open feeders, they're a rodent magnet. Not only because they're plenty big enough for the largest rat easily to get inside, but because the chickens' pecking scatters grain all over the ground.
As you can see from this photo of one of my Legbars tucking in to breakfast.
Either replace the food container with a stand-alone automatic feeder and stand it in the run, or keep Omlet's, place a piece of board underneath it, and take both the feeder and the board in at night.
This has both an advantage and a disadvantage.
Advantage: it's a safe space for chickens to shelter from weather – both sun and rain.
Disadvantage: if chickens decide they're not going to roost in the coop at night, they have a perfect hiding place. You will need to spend time crawling through the run and under the coop to retrieve them.
If you've read any of my other product reviews, you'll know that I have a "Golden Egg Award" where one egg means "don't go near this product!", and five means "get out there now and buy it!"
So, how many Golden Eggs do I think the Eglu Cube chicken coop is worth?
I could have deducted one egg, because this coop is expensive. But you have to look at the cost over time.
The Eglu is incredibly weather-proof. Mine has weathered extreme temperatures in Italy with no problem. My wooden coops, on the other hand, lasted for no longer than two years – three if I covered them with tarpaulin (which then adds to their cost).
It's also about as predator-proof as a coop can get. I have pine martens, packs of wild dogs and foxes looking to feast off my chickens, and none of them has ever gained entry.
And that, as far as I'm concerned, is priceless.
How many chickens fit in an Eglu Cube?
The Cube will take up to ten bantams, eight medium sized chickens and no more than six large breeds.
Bear in mind the size of your run is also important. The smaller of the Omlet runs will not be large enough for six large breed chickens.
So check the run cost before you finally decide.
Is the Eglu Cube worth the money?
In my view, based on my own experience and that of others I have spoken to, the answer to this is a definite yes.
They are expensive, but will outlast most other coop designs, so the cost spread over time will be no more, and potentially much less.
The design is robust, weather-proof, predator-proof, and with excellent ventilation and insulation to deal with both hot and cold climates.
What's the difference between the Eglu Go, the Go Up and the Cube?
The quality of construction is the same for all Eglu coops. The differences lie in size, colour, on the ground or off it, and whether you want to turn the Cube into a chicken tractor.
The easiest way to compare these is by taking a look at Omlet's very detailed comparison table.
You can find this handy comparison by clicking on this link.