Originally Posted by jordan4911
I have been researching, googling, drawing and redrawing a coop plan for months now and I'm really annoyed and frustrated. I really need some help! I've found a bunch of different info on how much space I actually need and what's actually necessary.
The coop in my head that I can't seem to draw up goes as follows:
Double sliding doors in front. Open up to an open area. Coop on the right for (30-40) chickens. 2 Coops on the left for turkeys (just a few) and then juvenile chickens. Along the back wall between the coops I would like to put my rabbit cages which need to be 3X3'. The rest of the open area and available wall space would be for a brooder tub, feed storage, etc... Off of either side and around behind the building would be fenced in run areas that are covered for yucky days and "just in case", other than that most of them except the juveniles would usually be free ranging.
Am I crazy? Is this thing WAY bigger than I'm thinking its going to be. Please help!
Using generally accepted numbers of 4 sq feet per bird, 30-40 layers would require 120 to 160 square feet (and most would say that is a minimum. I have 20 birds in a 12X12 and think it is a little tight(500 sq foot run)). Turkeys will need even more space. Your grow out area size will depend on how many you plan on raising at one time. 10-20 you would like 40-80 square feet. Crowded conditions during growth can cause them to not thrive.
So on the high end, 160 for layers, 80 for turkeys, 80 for grow out, you are looking at 320 sq feet, (20 X 16) with out a place for the Rabbits or storage.
And you WILL want more. (See Chicken Math)
On the Low end (120 + 40+80 you are at 240, and 20X16 would give you 80 sq feet for all you needs. (My storage in my coop is 4X4 but I brood/grow out elsewhere.
Just some more to think about.