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Chicken Coop Suggested Size

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Hi, I've heard that 2 sq feet per chicken in the chicken coop is a good minimum, but I was wondering if people include the nesting boxes in that estimate?  Or should nesting boxes be counted as separate space and not in the coop square feet?

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Whether you go by the 4 sq. ft. minimum or the 2 sq. ft. minimum that I most often hear recommended, it means actual livable floor space.  So anything that takes away from floor space should be deducted.  Wall mounted nest boxes with usable space beneath would not take away from floor space.

 

If you're in an area that gets winters with snow/ice, I would highly recommend using the 4 sq. ft. min.  But in areas that really don't get winters, 2 sq. ft is quite doable.

 

You will need to make sure your coop allows for enough linear roost space - 12" is recommended per LF bird.

Caretaker of a lovely mixed flock including: australorp, plymouth rocks, wyandotte, d'uccles, silkies, EEs, andalusian, and a few seramas, plus a golden retriever, great dane, and three cats.  I always swore that I wouldn't succumb to chicken math.  I lied.
 

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Caretaker of a lovely mixed flock including: australorp, plymouth rocks, wyandotte, d'uccles, silkies, EEs, andalusian, and a few seramas, plus a golden retriever, great dane, and three cats.  I always swore that I wouldn't succumb to chicken math.  I lied.
 

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Thank you.  That gives me a great idea, I was worried about square space in my coop but it's tall and I could just easily add a second story/shelf for the chickens to give them a few more square feet.


Edited by bawkybawk - 5/29/16 at 12:56pm
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the minimum size will vary

 

but if you can provide more space then by all means :)

 

 

What i posted above are just my opinions.. they are NOT facts.
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What i posted above are just my opinions.. they are NOT facts.
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