Coop for 8 chickens
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It is currently 6x9.5 and almost 6 feet vertical. The raused 3 sided boxed in area is where the nest boxes are and where they have taken up roosting at night on their bars. I'm worried as they grow to their full splendor they will feel crowded.
I intended to add a pic but can't seem to upload tonight, sorry.
- Monkey Lookout
I believe the rules of thumb to be: 4 sq ft per chicken in the coop, and 10sq ft per chicken in the run, with 1 ft roosting space per bird. These are minimum space requirements for standard breed, adult chickens. Having said that, the more space you can give your chickens, the happier and less stressed they will be. There are additional factors that come into play, including climate, whether your free range (among others, I'm sure) that can influence to these space requirements.
Jenna, a 4x8 coop *should* handle eight chickens. But, that is total floor area with nothing taking up room in the coop such as feeders/waterers, nestboxes, roosts, etc.,. An 8x8 should handle eight chickens with ease along with their equipment. I quoted these two sizes because of the use of 4x8 sheets of siding/plywood along with standard 2x4 studs being 8' long (more or less).
What have you been thinking about size-wise?
Care to clarify your dimensions? They're kind of...interesting. :)
Check out the search results below. There should be plenty to give you ideas.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/newsearch?search=4x8+coop roughly 8 chickens
http://www.backyardchickens.com/newsearch?search=6x8+coop roughly 12 chickens
http://www.backyardchickens.com/newsearch?search=8x8+coop roughly 16 chickens
Remember that that is *usable* floor area. You also need a run that is 10-sqft per chicken. Eight chickens would thus need 80sqft of run space...an 8'x10' area. As with coops, more run area is *always* better!!!
If you find nothing in there, then going to the medium size coop article section my show you something... http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/medium-chicken-coop-designs-pictures-of-chicken-coops
Edited by Intheswamp - 6/9/16 at 8:12am