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Does this seem accurate? (SMALL CLASSIC COOP)

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http://www.carolinabackyards.com/Chickens.html

 

My husband and I just bought this coop (naturally right before I found this website.)

 

We don't have our hens yet. How many would you put in a coop that size? What about a rooster?  Also, If I put the coop in my yard that's completely fenced in, do I need a run? If so, should that be purchased as well, or are those easy to build? (My husband is great at building things but doesn't have a whole lot of time)

 

Also, when you buy a coop, has anyone "altered" theirs as they got more chickens, or do you have to keep buying new coops? 

 

Thanks!!

post #2 of 8

The link takes one to the main site. Which size did you purchase?

post #3 of 8
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Its the small classic coop. Size is 4x6x6 high. Says 4-6 chickens.
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Originally Posted by carolinafan58 View Post
 

http://www.carolinabackyards.com/Chickens.html

 

My husband and I just bought this coop (naturally right before I found this website.)

 

We don't have our hens yet. How many would you put in a coop that size? What about a rooster?  Also, If I put the coop in my yard that's completely fenced in, do I need a run? If so, should that be purchased as well, or are those easy to build? (My husband is great at building things but doesn't have a whole lot of time)

 

Also, when you buy a coop, has anyone "altered" theirs as they got more chickens, or do you have to keep buying new coops? 

 

Thanks!!

There is no right answer.  4sq foot per bird (or use more room for slob chickens) is about the minimum.  I like the bird house idea, is that so that your poultry can get used to mites and lice gnawing on them from day one.  Or maybe you would prefer to nix the bird box?  I would.

 

Overall the bird box should give you a good idea about the level of knowledge that the builder of this coop has about raising chickens.


Edited by chickengeorgeto - 3/18/16 at 1:31pm
Keep your chickens safe from predators, buy and wear fur. 
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Keep your chickens safe from predators, buy and wear fur. 
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post #5 of 8

Looking at the pic of it it appears the coop or sleeping space is about 2.5 to 3 x 4 or roughly 12 square feet. Personally I would not put more then 3 in that space.

 

Nice that it is made of solid framing. It looks like it would be easy enough to add on or fully enclose in the future. From the style it looks like you could sheet the sides with siding fairly easily and build a new run space for them. It even already has a little door on the one side to let them out into a yard or such.

 

From what I am seeing it looks to be an open air coop. Again that makes it easy to modify if you decide to in the future.

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Originally Posted by chickengeorgeto View Post
I like the bird house idea, is that so that your poultry can get used to mites and lice gnawing on them from day one.  Or maybe you would prefer to nix the bird box?  I would.

I think that little bird house is mounted on a "loft" coop not the one the OP has purchased. It also says the little bird house is not included.

 

The pic of the one the OP has is higher on the page and a little to the right.

post #7 of 8
Where do you live? What is the climate like? Chickens don't need as much room inside the coop if they are only using it to lay eggs and to sleep at night. But if they are going to be spending a lot of time in there such as in bad weather then you will need more space. You can definitely modify a coupe that you're my.
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Originally Posted by carolinafan58 View Post

Its the small classic coop. Size is 4x6x6 high. Says 4-6 chickens.

That's actually a pretty accurate population label....most are grossly over exaggerated.

I'd keep it at 4 tho......and it leaves you with no 'extra' room to integrate new birds if needed.

 

Nest seem a bit high and roosts are out in less protected area.

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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