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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

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I don't have help at my place except the horse.... . She offers to hand you tools but usually they wind up across the paddock....  Or waived around till they fall on your toe.   Then she dumps the tool bucket looking for treats....   Then she gets disgusted when you tie her near her feed tub.

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I don't have help at my place except the horse.... . She offers to hand you tools but usually they wind up across the paddock....  Or waived around till they fall on your toe.   Then she dumps the tool bucket looking for treats....   Then she gets disgusted when you tie her near her feed tub.

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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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