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I need advice on the size of my coop and design.

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I would like to build a hybrid chicken coop/run for 12 heavy Layers. The dimensions would be 10ft long x 8ft wide by 8ft high with a gable roof,the housing area would be 8ft wide by 4ft or 6ft foot long, the rest would would be the chicken run area.  I've been gathering materials so far for something like this or bigger. I want to put a walk in door, a coop window, external nest boxes with 3 to 4 compartments and be able to move this unit around my  yard using trailer Jacks, this is kinda the purpose of the design. Does this sound feasible...?  I do welcome input on the subject  thanks for your time and Helpful input....

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I'd go minimum of 8x6 for the coop housing for 12 birds.

 

Keep in mind winter cold and snow and summer heat.

 

Good articles in my signature on Space and Ventilation.

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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