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A couple of quick coop questions...

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I will be getting 25 Buff Orpington chicks in early June. We will be keeping about 6 for layers and the rest will be for meat.

I have an 8 x 14' shed that I would like to turn into a double coop.

If I wall off a 4 X 8 section to use for the layers, will  the remaining 8' x 10' space be large enough to raise 20 to 25 chicks to maturity?

Also, how large of a run is recommended for the layers? I am thinking 8' x 20' for the meat birds but not sure about the layers.

Is insulating the coop a good idea? In the winter it can get to -30 Celsius.

 

Thanks.

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I will be getting 25 Buff Orpington chicks in early June. We will be keeping about 6 for layers and the rest will be for meat.

I have an 8 x 14' shed that I would like to turn into a double coop.

If I wall off a 4 X 8 section to use for the layers, will  the remaining 8' x 10' space be large enough to raise 20 to 25 chicks to maturity?

Also, how large of a run is recommended for the layers? I am thinking 8' x 20' for the meat birds but not sure about the layers.

Is insulating the coop a good idea? In the winter it can get to -30 Celsius.

 

Thanks.

A rule of thumb is

4 Feet per bird on inside (coop)

10 Feet per bird on outside (run)

so...

25 chickens=100 ft sq inside and 250 ft sq outside.

You have 112 ft sq. on the inside so its fine there

however, 160 ft sq for the outside is a little too small. I would bump it out to a 10x30 (or 10x25) if that is possible. It is always nice to have a large run than what you are planning for. (extra chickens?:))

 

Anyways, your inside area looks good, but the outside could be a tad bigger. 

Its good to realize these things BEFORE construction! (personal experience)

In my house there are: 4 barred rocks, 4 welsummer bantams, 3 buff orpingtons, 6 rabbits (mini lops), 1 standard poodle, 1 leopard gecko. 
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In my house there are: 4 barred rocks, 4 welsummer bantams, 3 buff orpingtons, 6 rabbits (mini lops), 1 standard poodle, 1 leopard gecko. 
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