Originally Posted by suburbchick
Thanks, Trefoil. I actually lock them in at night. They free range all day. Put themselves to bed at sunset and I go out and close door. Then, they are let out first thing in the morning. They are never just sitting in coop. They are either sleeping or laying.
The manufacturer said 10 hens could fit comfortable. I saw a YouTube video with 9. However, that seems crazy high to me but 3 seems crazy low! I know my banties(even when I had up to 8) took up one tiny corner. The coop has removable roost sections so it is not a solid floor they are on. I was curious how many people, both realistically and comfortable, fit in their coop. I have attached a photo at night when I had more banties in the coop.
This is quoted directly from the EGLU site."The Eglu Cube Chicken Coop is a really flexible chicken house, whether you want to keep 5, 6 or even 10 chickens, you can customise it to suit your needs. The standard 2 meter run is suitable for up to 6 chickens. The run can be extended in 1m lengths to suit your requirements allowing you to keep up to 10 chickens."
How is your coop customized to fit 10 chickens. Did you order it in a different size? What is the dimensions of your coop? Where exactly are the roosts in this? Is the top picture an example of "roosting" in your coop, what are those slats for? I am really not familiar with this design, but to be honest if it has not been customized to accommodate 10 chickens at 4sq ft per chicken then I would not add any large fowl to your existing flock. I agree with Junebug, large fowl takes up more room than you would think. Mine are only 23wks and already quite large, and still growing. They do hang out well together, but if they were cramped, especially in the coop, I think there would be quite a bit of unwanted drama. It sounds like you have a nice large run, but here is something to think about. IF you were unable to let your flock out of the coop (emergency, etc.) and they had to spend atleast 24 hours locked up in there, would they be ok.
This is just my opinion and I am sure others will chime in.