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Chicken Coop Size (and supplies) for 20-25 chickens

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Hi everyone!
Great forum!
Anyone of out there raising a couple of dozens of chickens. i need some advice. First of all, how big should i make the coop for 20-25 chickens?

I both want the chickens to have a optimal amound of space, but also to keep costs under control.

as for keeping costs under control, any recommendations in general for building a sturdy, predator-proof, well-ventilated coop for less than $650?

thanks!

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We bought a ready made shed at Grossman's Clearance (lumber clearance store) for $200.  It is 8 x 8 and we had 24 chickens in it through the winter with no problem.  They have an attached run that is made of dog kennel panels, bought on CL that I used painter's plastic to keep out the wind and snow during the winter.  Worked great for us.

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I have some Porcelain D'Uccles, Australorps, Araucana, India Blue Peafowl, Red Golden & Temminck Pheasants, Mandarin ducks, a few Nigerian & Pygmy goats, a couple cats, a DH and a few kids.  Simple and happy.

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-  Annie  -

 

I have some Porcelain D'Uccles, Australorps, Araucana, India Blue Peafowl, Red Golden & Temminck Pheasants, Mandarin ducks, a few Nigerian & Pygmy goats, a couple cats, a DH and a few kids.  Simple and happy.

NPIP certified

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Check Craigslist.   We only have 6 chickens, so an insulated doghouse did the job for us, but in my search, I saw a lot of "coops" -sheds, doghouses, ect on craigslist.

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(we also used our torn down deck wood to make an A-frame run.)  I heart free chicken coops!

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Interested in seeing more responses.  We have 21 chickens and are breaking ground soon on our coop.  Currently they live in a pen area in half of a two car garage but they've got to get their own place before winter.  We were thinking about consturcting a 16 x 20 building (that we could use as a small barn in the future).  We would have four indoor areas/pens all with attached outside runs and a storage rooom.  We also have a flock of ducks and are looking at getting geese and turkeys next year - so everyone will have their own 'space'.


Still wish we could come up with something smaller (and less expensive) but flexible.  Any ideas?

6 Australorps, 10 Speckled Sussex, 6 Buff Orpingtons, 2 TSC commercial blacks roos, 7 Pekins, 1 turkey hen, and last but not least 6 Beagles!
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6 Australorps, 10 Speckled Sussex, 6 Buff Orpingtons, 2 TSC commercial blacks roos, 7 Pekins, 1 turkey hen, and last but not least 6 Beagles!
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10X10 = 100sq ft divided by suggested 4 sq ft per chicken = enough space for about 25 chickens....BUT I suggest building it a bit bigger. 12X12 or 10X12 would be good if you built it 16X20 you'd still be left with 6X10 or 6X8 space for a storage room on the back end of the coop.

Run space you would need is 10 sq ft per chicken (unless you'll free range most of the day everyday) so 25 chickens X10 = 250 sq ft run space total for 25 chickens.

Jessy
Shadow Calibers Silkies and Design

NPIP # 55-1101

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Jessy
Shadow Calibers Silkies and Design

NPIP # 55-1101

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thank you this was most helpful.  

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Can you count the area under the coop as part of the run. My coop it roughly 3' off the ground. And was hoping to just put ten feet out the front. So it would be ten by 20 If the area under the coup counts. Or is it a bad idea because it's hard to clean out.
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Can you count the area under the coop as part of the run. My coop it roughly 3' off the ground. And was hoping to just put ten feet out the front. So it would be ten by 20 If the area under the coup counts. Or is it a bad idea because it's hard to clean out.
Only if you make adequate access, because as you've already said its hard to clean out and get that occasional egg.... Been there done that!

1 Blue Ameraucana rooster, 4 Blue Ameraucana Hens, 2 Black Australorp hens, 1 White Leghorn, 2 white mixed hens that give brown eggs

 

video tour of my coop:https://youtu.be/UDLN_xq8u2s

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1 Blue Ameraucana rooster, 4 Blue Ameraucana Hens, 2 Black Australorp hens, 1 White Leghorn, 2 white mixed hens that give brown eggs

 

video tour of my coop:https://youtu.be/UDLN_xq8u2s

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