Page title: FAQ
Got a question? You'll probably find the answer here!
Are Nestera chicken coops predator-proof?
We really think so! We've not received a single report of any type of predator getting into one of our coops. Our ‘chew-resistant’ coops are made from 3/8"-thick 100% recycled plastic which is really tough, and the ventilation holes are far too small for other animals to get through. The rear door is lockable and the front door is reinforced with rotating metal slide, which makes it difficult to open by lifting, unlike classic vertical sliding doors.
Are Nestera chicken coops red mite-proof?
Unfortunately, nothing is 100% red mite-proof. However, Nestera chicken coops are cleverly designed to be extremely red mite-resistant! Red mites are tiny, and live in cracks and joints in poultry housing. Unlike wooden chicken coops, ours are made from solid 100% recycled plastic and created to ensure there are very few suitable places for red mite to hide. We recommend sprinkling Diatom powder around the coop when refreshing the bedding, so any mites present are quickly dealt with before they can multiply.
Do Nestera chicken coops get cold in winter and/or hot in the summer?
The plastic we use is 100% recycled which we have found to be an excellent material for chicken coops. In the winter months, the required ventilation means the temperature inside the coop will be similar to the ambient air temperature outside. However, chickens are quite tolerant of the cold as their feathers provide good insulation. During the warmer summer months, our solid, UV-resistant roofs reflects the sun's heat really well, keeping your chickens cool and comfortable.
How many feathery residents can live in a Nestera chicken coop?
We have two sizes available: Small and Large. The Small is designed for up to two large fowls or four bantams, and the Large suits up to eight large fowls or 15 bantams.
Can I install an automatic door opener on a Nestera coop?
Absolutely! We offer the ChickenGuard Premium ECO as an optional extra with all our coops. Discreet pre-drilled holes are included for easy installation.
How long does it take to assemble a Nestera chicken coop?
Most people manage to successfully assemble their Nestera coop in well under an hour. You certainly don’t need to be a DIY expert! We provide clear and easy-to-follow instructions with every chicken coop which can also be downloaded above.
Coop WiFi Cameras
How do I save my video footage?
You have two options: You can save and store videos under 1GB for free for seven days on the VicoHome app. This can be extended to 60 days with a cloud service subscription.
Alternatively, you can use a Micro SD Card (up to 128GB) in the camera. Videos saved to your Micro SD Card cannot be shared, downloaded or deleted directly from the VicoHome app – you will need to do this by inserting the Micro SD Card into an external reader.
How many cameras can I add to my app?
You can add as many cameras as you like to your VicoHome app account. The more the merrier!
What’s the maximum length of recording time?
When set to ‘Auto’, the camera will record for up to three minutes as soon as motion is detected.
What are the WiFi requirements?
This WiFi Camera works on a 2.4GHz wireless network. The device does not yet support the 5GHz wireless network. Please ensure the WiFi authentication method to WPA2-PSK or any other lower level of security. A password is required for additional security.
Will the camera work without WiFi?
Sure! Once the camera is set up, if a Micro SD Card is inserted, it can record videos even without an internet connection. An internet connection is only required if the footage needs to be accessed remotely (e.g., via the app).
Where can I find a User Guide for my WiFi Camera?
A physical copy of the User Guide is included with the camera in the packaging, but you can also download it from our User Guides page.
Why isn’t the WiFi name appearing when I connect to the WiFi?
If you are using the VicoHome app on an Apple device running iOS 13 or above, you need to go to Settings > Privacy > Location Services, find the VicoHome app on the list and select ‘While Using the App’.
Does the camera display a red light when night vision is activated?
The camera’s built-in infrared light displays a dim red light when night vision is activated. This doesn’t disturb or affect the birds in any way. The image quality is still clear in low light or in total darkness.
How far can the WiFi Camera be placed from my router?
During testing, the WiFi connection distance has reached up to 150m over open ground. However, the actual distance can vary depending on various factors, such as your WiFi strength and the surrounding environment. Things like thick walls, large metal objects nearby and electromagnetic devices can all interfere with a WiFi signal. If you find your connection to be weak, place the camera as close to your router as possible.
My WiFi Camera isn’t working properly...
9 times out of 10, simply restarting the device will fix most issues. Turn the camera off by holding down the power button under the camera for 5 seconds. If required, insert a pin into the reboot hole to restart the camera.
If you’re still having an issue with your WiFi camera, drop us a line at email@example.com and we’ll have you up and running in no time.
Can I keep chickens in a residential or built-up area?
As long as you have a backyard or outdoor space, you can keep chickens and enjoy freshly laid eggs every morning. Whether you live in the city or countryside, an increasing number of people are now keeping chickens, mainly due to how easy it is. However, we recommend checking with your local authority first, as a small number don’t allow chickens to be kept in backyards. If you rent your property, we advise you to check with your landlord about keeping animals.
How much space do I need to keep chickens?
Luckily, chickens don't require a lot of space. The absolute minimum area for a run is 1 square meter per bird but the more space you can provide for your birds, the better; so we recommend at least 2 square meters per bird. Many people grant their chickens free rein of their entire yard, but it's worth remembering some chickens enjoy making a mess, so a run may be preferable.
Are chickens noisy?
Generally, no. Hens do make a range of noises, but these are mostly gentle and quiet... until they've laid an egg, when they like to have a quick shout about their achievement - and who can blame them? The noisy ones are the males, known as roosters or cockerels. They are territorial birds and love nothing better than regularly telling everyone that the hens are his!
Cockerels traditionally also crow loudly at sunrise. Because chickens are early risers, when the sun comes up every morning, he will proudly announce his presence to the world. However, not everyone appreciates this early morning wake-up call, so this is something to consider if you have neighbors living nearby.
Do chickens get on with children?
If handled from young, chickens will become very tame and make fantastic family pets. Keeping chickens in your yard is great fun for children of all ages and provides hours of entertainment, as well as the opportunity to learn about sustainability, caring for animals and where eggs comes from.
Is keeping chickens time-consuming?
Keeping chickens is really easy and doesn't require a of your time. Chickens are quite happy occupying themselves by exploring your yard or their run. The only things chickens require of you is to let them out of their coop in the morning (although this can be done with a ChickenGuard Automatic Door Opener), sufficient food and water, their eggs removed daily and put the chickens back into their coop at night. Their coop will need cleaning out once a week - but our cleverly designed Nestera coops ensure this is always a very quick and easy job!
Nestera was established by father and son duo, Joe and Richard Freedman, who brought together the leading sustainable chicken coop company, Green Frog Designs, with Gardenature, the UK's best-trusted bird box and wildlife habitat camera company.
Nestera is focused solely on the ethos of sustainability, animal wellbeing and bringing nature closer to families.
Where are Nestera chicken coops and bird boxes made?
All our products are designed, manufactured and shipped from our UK workshop in sunny Clacton-on-Sea, Essex.
A 25-year warranty?! Am I reading that right?
Nestera chicken coops are built to last! They are solidly constructed from 100% recycled plastic and genuinely come with an unbelievable 25-year warranty! This means we will replace any parts of your coop for up to 25 years. However, we're so confident of their quality, we doubt you'll ever need to replace a part.
Other plastic chicken coop companies only offer a disappointing two-year warranty...
Yes, you heard right! Nestera chicken coops are made from 100% recycled (and recyclable) plastic, which itself is made at the world's largest energy-from-waste plant, with green biogas a by-product of the process.
Did you know... our Large chicken coop is made from the equivalent of 2,000 recycled plastic shampoo bottles? That's a lot of plastic we're taking out of circulation!
Is Nestera on social media?
Do you work with influencers?
We do! We currently work with several influencers and respected industry professionals and are always happy to discuss new partnerships. Let's chat! Drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org
I'm a journalist interested in featuring a Nestera product...
Fantastic news! Contact us at email@example.com if you need any hi-res images, logos or would like to discuss Nestera or any of our products.
Does Nestera have an Affiliate scheme?
Yes, we offer an Affiliate scheme for anyone who would like to promote Nestera products. You'll receive a generous commission every time we make a sale via your unique affiliate link on your website, blog, newsletter or social channels. It's a win/win
Click here to sign up.
Can I become a Nestera Ambassador?
We'd love you to! If you already have a Nestera product and agree to promote it to future customers, you'll receive a generous commission on every sale generated through your unique Nestera Ambassador code.
Where can I check out a Nestera product in person before I buy?
We have a pool of Nestera Ambassadors using our products right across the country, so there's likely to be one near you!
Let us know where you're located and we'll put you in touch with your nearest one. You can ask them for their honest opinions via email or phone, or go to visit them to see the Nestera products in person.
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How much does shipping cost?
Shipping for all Nestera products over $99 is completely free... nada... zilch... zip... zero... nothing... no money... Pretty great, right?
When will my order arrive?
Our amazing team aim to get your order shipped to you within 2-4 days of your order confirmation.
Will I know when my order has shipped?
Yes, we'll keep you updated with every step of your coop's journey. When your order is ready to ship, you'll receive an email with the tracking number to let you know it's on its way.
Is there anywhere you don't ship?
If you're ordering from Hawaii or Alaska, drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org before placing your order.
What types of payment to you accept?
We offer a huge range of payment methods: Credit or Debit Card (Visa, Mastercard, Maestro, American Express), Paypal, Google Pay, Apple Pay and ShopPay.
How do I pay for my order?
You can complete your order using our secure online Checkout, or email us at email@example.com.
Is my payment secure?
Our website has been designed and built using the highest security measures. Our online Checkout is powered by Shopify, which is certified Level 1 PCI DSS compliant. We do not store any card details on our servers and always ensure our website is kept updated.
How do I use a discount code?
To apply a discount code, simply enter it in the relevant field at the payment stage of our secure Checkout and click 'Apply'.
Can I return something?
We want you to be 100% happy with your Nestera products.
If you are not completely satisfied with your order, we offer a no-questions-asked 30-day returns policy.
Just like shipping, Nestera returns are also free.
Unless you have discovered a fault with your coop, in the interest of animal welfare we can only accept returns if the coop has not been assembled or used.
How do I return something?
Simply email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange your return.
When will I receive my refund or replacement?
Your refund or replacement will be issued as soon as we receive your item/s. Refunds will be made within 48 hours of receipt of the item/s back to your original payment method. Please allow up to 3 working days for the refund to appear on your bank statement.