1. the backyard zoo

    the backyard zoo In the Brooder

    Jun 21, 2018
    anyone here have a coop this large we have a 160sqft shed in our backyard that we plan to make into a coop. we will have separate areas for breeders, and broodys. pics to come, any tips or ideas are welcome no run bc they free range
  2. Soon2BChixMom

    Soon2BChixMom Herding ducks and Wrangling chickens

    Jan 8, 2017
    120 sq ft or 160sq ft? What are the actual width and length dimensions?
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  3. Egghead_Jr

    Egghead_Jr Crowing

    Oct 16, 2010
    NEK, VT
    Plenty of people use small barn or large shed structures as coops. At 120 or even 160 sqft it's not a ton of space. Large coop for sure but not endless options of how to break it up for separate areas. 10X12 or 10X16 plan view shows you how limited you are breaking up the space and that in turn has a lot to do with how you manage your flock. If you need to shut them in coop for days due to predators and no run and such they will need the coop space.
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  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
  5. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Free Ranging

    Feb 2, 2009
    Southeast Louisiana
    Are your breeders duos, trios, or a lot more at a time? How many different breeds at one time? You obviously cannot let them free range when they are isolated so whatever you build needs to be big enough for them during the breeding season. What is you purpose for isolating broodies? Is that just for incubating or will you also be isolating the hen and her brood while she raises them? How many broodies at a time? If you have power out there you could build in a brooder if that would be handy. A broody buster might come in very handy. A 160 sq ft shed means something like 10' x 16'. That space can be eaten up pretty quickly if you get very ambitious. You will need to plan.

    Even if I knew a lot more about your plans I'm not sure what kinds of responses you are looking for. My general suggestion is to be as flexible as you can. My built-in brooder has a wire floor so it can be used as a broody buster it I need one. I can also isolate a chicken in there if it is not already in use.

    Make it as convenient to you as you can. Think banging your head or elbows if you get in a tight space. Give your self enough room to feed, water, and clean. Where will you store feed? How will you water? Your comfort and convenience is an important part of the design.

    I'd consider putting those breeding pens along a wall and build a run outside a pop door to house them. That could save you a lot of precious interior space. And it could give you grow-out pens or places you can use for look but don't see if you integrate. Broodies could raise their broods in there.

    Good luck. That 160 sq ft sounds pretty large but for all you are talking about it may be kind of small.
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  6. the backyard zoo

    the backyard zoo In the Brooder

    Jun 21, 2018
    the sections are relitively small but with an outdoor run for my chickens free range year round, the broody pen is for incubating only and can accomodate 3 hens, my breeding program is in a different shed and the other section is for young pullets. i have a broody buster already and my brooder is in the same shed as my breeding program we have mild winters and hot,humid summers.

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