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You got a couple answers, you just didn't like them. ;)


So according to this: http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/how-much-room-do-chickens-need

I should be okay if I doubled the size, or make 2( "Been working on a design. 8'x16' with a 4'x8' coop on the "back" end.")?

And Good morning aart.

post #12 of 14
I built a 2 piece(coop/run split) 5x10 run and 4x6 coop for 6 birds and that coop is small as I would go bit the food/water/nest are inside it for the WI winter. WI is flat and the 5x10 run is tough to get to sit flat. Single perch is little shy of 6ft. 4ft isn't enough to run parallel 6 ft perches.

If you make something 10x16 it will be too flexible to move well and if you make itbrigid it will be heavy.
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I am in no way advertising for anyone, but whoever wants to, take a look at this:

http://hattiesburg.craigslist.org/grd/5399333330.html

 

He has ads all over craigslist for these.

 

Main flaws I see with that is the height, and no way is that predator proof. His large bird amounts for the size are way exaggerated according to what I have been told or read so far....right?

"6ft x 12ft..holds up to 18 large chickens"

 

And no, I would not be a customer of his. Just looking at ideas, pics, options. I build my own stuff, work on my own equipment, etc.

post #14 of 14
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Originally Posted by aart View Post
 

You got a couple answers, you just didn't like them. ;)


So according to this: http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/how-much-room-do-chickens-need

I should be okay if I doubled the size, or make 2( "Been working on a design. 8'x16' with a 4'x8' coop on the "back" end.")?

And Good morning aart.

Well, that article (which is excellent IMO) states....."no magic numbers".

There are a lot of variables.

 

I see the 4sqft per bird in coop/10sqft per bird in run 'rule of thumb' as a bare minimum, after that the bigger the better.... 

....so yes, twice as big or two 4x8 coops would be pretty (twice as) good.

I pushed my population last year and had trouble, fighting, pecking, stressed out birds.

 

ETA: That CL ad is typical of over estimating population.

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."

Reply
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