Wanting to hear people's experience with coop size - Page 3
I have two coops. each is four by four by four tall sloping down to three feet. Each has two perches four foot long. i have had twenty birds in each coop with no problems. When they perch all huddle together so there appears to be a continous bird on the perch. Tey only sleep there or lay eggs. the most of the time they are free ranging in my garden of one half acre.
I have a 12x16 ft coop. It is divided into four parts. A four by six brood room, a six by eight hen section, a six by six meat bird rm, and a four by six feed/utillity rm. These rooms form an L as seen from above. This leaves a ten by six aviary to form the afore mentioned twelve by sixteen coop.
I have nineteen hens and three roosters. The brood rm is closed as I have no broody hens at this time. The hen rm would be to crowded with this many chooks, and especially with three roos. So, I leave the meat bird rm open.
The birds naturally spill over to the meat rm, to avoid crowding. To make a long story short, six to seven birds roost in the meat bird room, and the rest in the hen rm, for a ratio of three square ft/bird. Their choice not mine.
Because my aviary is to small, I free range my mixed flock on five acres.
I just saw that I'd been asked a question. I've been travelling some too.
This is my built-in 3’ x ‘ brooder. The top serves as a droppings board. It also serves as my main broody buster, I have a grow-out coop that can also bust a broody. Both have hardware cloth floors, can’t remember if they are ¼” or ½” hardware cloth, probably ¼”. If they are empty, and one always is, they can also serve to isolate a chicken or group of chickens if I need to.
I build in as much flexibility as I can. It makes my life so much easier.
I have a smaller coop 4X5 for my ten birds. They spend virtually no time in the coop except for sleeping. The BIGGEST difficulty I have with this small size is that it is nearly impossible to have good spacing vertically and horizontally for the roosting poles. There just simply is not enough length to ladder the roosts nicely and give the birds space to hop up and down. Next time I would never build less than 5 W x 7 D for the interior dimensions.
So, I think they must have plenty of room. I haven't ever had any major behavioral problems besides the usual pecking order stuff.
Since things are so good, I'm hoping to add another 20 chickens next spring!