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Can a coop be too big?

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I want to have a flock of a dozen core birds and then allow them to hatch 20 or so in the spring. But I want to slaughter and store those extra birds in the fall. So while in the summer I'll have around 35, in the winter my flock will be back down to 12. Would a big coop that accommodates 35 birds be too large (and therefore cold) for 12 birds in the winter? Should I have a smaller coop for the winter. Can I get away with a small coop year round and then add some dog houses to the run each spring?

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As long as the coop is not drafty - bigger is better in my opinion.

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Originally Posted by VelvettFog 

As long as the coop is not drafty - bigger is better in my opinion.


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Breeding: Silkies, Barred Plymouth Rocks, Ameraucanas, Naked Necks, Buckeyes, Welsummers, Marans and Mottled Houdans. 

 

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Keep in mind that your hens may not be interested in hatching chicks in the spring.  I've been chicken-keeping for many years and while I've had breeds that are said to go broody often, it was not until August that I got my first broody hen - and she is a BSL!  If you want an extra 20 chicks to raise over the summer for slaughter, you may well find yourself purchasing chicks and raising them yourself in a brooder....

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Enjoying my 10-acres in the country with 50+ chickens, turkeys and muscovy ducks!  Blog is here.

 

Read about my fox attack here

A fox attack survival story

My hoop house

Should I add supplemental heat?

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post #5 of 20

A 12x12 or 12x16 coop would be a great size for 30-40 birds. Chickens are a very hardy bird and as long as they are in a draft free environment with antiquate ventilation and dry bedding they should do well. I do not use supplemental heat. The only exception is younger birds that are hatched in the winter.  I do not really encourage Broodies here but the best breeds i have found for hatching eggs are Cochin bantams ans Silkies. My Buff Orps try to occasionally but I wont let them! Keep us updated if and when your chicken math and coop building starts!

Nate

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NEVER!!!!   As long as it is tight.  I use my barn as a coop sometimes, and it is not tight at all, it works fine but is not very secure from predators.  It could be though.

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Before living by the "early bird" policy, first determine whether you're more like a bird or a worm.
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post #7 of 20

If you think your coop is too big, just wait....chicken math will help! Before you know it you will need more coop! smile

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funny how it all started with 6 chickens!
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Originally Posted by rcentner 

If you think your coop is too big, just wait....chicken math will help! Before you know it you will need more coop! smile


There are two truths:  bills always expand to meet the extra money so there never really IS "extra" money, and Chickens always increase to fill the available coop space.  They either do it naturally, or you add chickens yourself.

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-- Linda (AKA: gryeyes)
I refuse to fight a battle of wits with an unarmed person.

Buncha Outdoor PET chickens, ducks, 5 Toulouse geese, and 7 turkeys....so far. Plus 2 wiener dogs, 2 bunnies, a rescue cat which owns me and a new kitten. Oh, yeah: and a house silkie....

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post #9 of 20

Our chicken barn is 20x24 and I would have it twice as big. big_smile

There's no such thing as too big.  Even if you only have a few birds, having multiple pens and divisions makes flock keeping options soooooo much easier to manage.

 

 

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post #10 of 20

Can a coop be too big? This reminds me of the Trace Adkins song, I Ain't Never Had Too Much Fun

Too much fun whats that mean                                                                      A Coop too big? what's that mean?
It's like too much money, theres no such thing                                                It's like too many eggs, there's no such thing
It's like a girl too pretty, with too much class                                                   It's like a hen too pretty, with too much sass
Being too lucky, a car too fast                                                                        Being too lucky, a broody too fast...
No matter what they say I've done, well I ain't never had too much fun             Well I aint never had a coop too big

*~*~*Marcy*~*~*~*
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*~*~*Marcy*~*~*~*
Owned by a senior citizen Chocolate Lab lady, two Rhode Island Reds, two Columbian Rocks, and four Barred Rocks. Married to my best friend for 37 yrs, three grown kids, two grandkids. Loving life!  "And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years." - A. Lincoln
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