1. alec120psi

    alec120psi Out Of The Brooder

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    I am considering a 2 story coop. I have limited ground space and was wanting to maximize the sq ft of coop. Has anyone had any experience with this? I have read that 4 sq ft of coop is best for each hen. Is that pretty accurate? Will be starting the build this weekend, should be fun.

    Thanks in advance

    Alec
     
  2. Kjordanov

    Kjordanov Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 19, 2012
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    Sounds cool! Can you post pics along the way? :D
     
  3. alec120psi

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    I will. Still trying to finalize design.
     
  4. Susanjoans

    Susanjoans Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a 2 story coop. I planned it so that my ducks could be on the first floor, and my chickens on the upper level. NO ONE uses the first floor! They all want to go 'upstairs', lol! I can block the downstairs, and use it for integration, etc., but other than that, it's hardly touched.
     
  5. alec120psi

    alec120psi Out Of The Brooder

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    I was hoping I could do the 2 story thing to increase my sq ft of coop. Doesn't sound too promising.

    Any other experiences. I have read in other threads that 4 sq ft/bird is not totally needed, especially in So. Cal. where the birds will only be sleeping and laying in the coop.

    Any other opinions?

    Thanks.


    Alec

    P.S. we will likely have around 10--12 birds when all is done, 2 of which will be bantams (Sizzles).
     
  6. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    Yeah I have tried to make a shed coop two stories with a hutch inside it and the underside doesn't get used too much.

    Here you go: for 12 birds, I have found that my 7 x 7 shed coop is about the right size for comfort and space for them. I have squeezed twice that amount in there when they were all bantams but for large fowl they need more space. They do walk around in there before the door opens, drinking water and eating. If you don't have enough roost space the bantams will get pecked.
     

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