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post #1 of 12
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I just got a coop today. Its a bit dirty, and I plan to clean it out very well, but its solid and pretty cool I think. It measures 4'2 long by 2'10 inches wide. What do you guys think? How many chickens can I have? Thanks (PS I plan learn a lot and get prepared before jumping in. Going to make some adjustments to this coop, make the top able to lift off so i can clean better. And how does the ventilation look? Thanks peeps

 

 

 

 

 

 

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post #2 of 12

looks like a coop for two.  it'll be real cute when you get it all fixed up.  i can't tell about the ventilation

post #3 of 12

It is approximately 12 square feet.  If you are going to free-range or will have a run with >10 square feet per bird, then that will work for up to 6 chickens (they will have 2 square feet each because they will only use it for sleeping.  However, if you will have a smaller run (<6 feet each), you might want to give them more space inside and therefore have only 3 (4 square feet each in there).

post #4 of 12
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I was hoping to make a large run that I can walk inside, and to free range them around my property. I would love to be able to have 4-6 if you guys think that would be humane.
 

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I was hoping to make a large run that I can walk inside, and to free range them around my property. I would love to be able to have 4-6 if you guys think that would be humane.
 

 


Looks good and very sturdy.  Small is OK if thats only the place they roost. Its A very good start...  thumbsup.gif

 

Um Oh and welcome to.....welcome-byc.gif  from San Diego.

 

hee hee.

 

deb

deb always learning

I will get it done "After coffee before Spring"

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deb always learning

I will get it done "After coffee before Spring"

Water management discussion  

Coop rebuild  

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post #6 of 12
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Thank you kindly....im sure ill be back with many questions.
 

post #7 of 12

If they'll have a large run and free-range, 4-6 would be perfect smile.png

post #8 of 12
Also plan for roosting space, I've heard ten inches a bird is tight, a foot each would be best.
post #9 of 12
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was thinking I would put 2 roost sticks across, one higher than the other. You can see the coop is slanted so one can be raised slightly. 3 birds per stick should be enough, right?
 

post #10 of 12

I personally try not to have roosts directly above each other, chickens poop a lot at night and bathing poop-covered chickens is not fun sickbyc.gif

But if they are at an angle where that can't happen, two should be fine - if each is four feet long that gives them each a little over a foot of roost space.

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