I hope I put this in the right spot. I want to have a bigger chicken coop, as I have a 3'X3', with a run, but I think that is too small, for when my chickens grow older. I ordered 6 female chicks in the mail. I have two Red Stars(red sex link, cinnamon queen, golden buff... what ever you call them), two Rhode Island Red, one Barred Plymouth Rock, and one Partrige Plymouth rock. How big a coop should they have, they would have a large run, so the coop would just be to sleep in. Can you also tell me how big the run should be? I want the min, for a covered run, and then add to the min, and make a open run that I can go in, and play with the chickens. In the minimum run, I would use a tarp, and strap it to the coop, so they can be outside, but have shealtler from rain, snow, wind, and sun. I would only do that to part of the minimum though.
Please give me your thoughts. I would like as small as I can for the coop, as I don't wish to spend $1000 on a coop. I might have to wait till Christmas, but I am hoping that we can squeeze by. I will try to make to coop bigger, if I can. The main things I am looking into for the coop is protection from raccons (had a problem with my one coop, a raccoon got my 2 bantams), so I won't get a cheep one with poor protection. I also want one with enough space. I was thinking maybe a 4' by 5' coop, but give me your thoughts.
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EDIT: I live in East South PA. The winters aren't too bad. Some times we don't even get good enough snow to play in!
Edited by Scooter&Suzie - 7/5/11 at 8:45pm