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  1. ncCHICKS

    ncCHICKS Songster

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    I was leaning towards 8x4 since that's the size of plywood. I didn't know if 5x7 was a better use of space since it's not as narrow. Thanks for your opinions!
     
  2. happyhen

    happyhen Songster

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    I find with my 8x4 it's still easy to reach the corners when I clean, I think 5x7 would be too difficult. The chickens adapt to anything. Just my opinion.
     
  3. mtnhomechick

    mtnhomechick Songster

    Jun 27, 2008
    Mountain Home, AR
    My small coop is 8x4. It works fine for me. It would be easier to build those dimensions.

    Good Luck whatever you decide.

    Mary
     
  4. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

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    8x4 will be much less of a nuisance (and somewhat less of an expense) to build.

    If this is walk-in, either size would be about equally userfriendly; if this is a reach-in coop then it is hard enough to reach in 4' to clean or catch chickens, let alone 5' [​IMG]

    Have fun,

    Pat
     
  5. ncCHICKS

    ncCHICKS Songster

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    It's a walk in, that's why I'm building another coop. I have a 4x4 that's 3 foot off the ground that I dislike. The girls like to crap on the back wall and yuk
     
  6. jubylives

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    Agreed. Go 4X8. Alot easier to build and alot less cuts to make.


    jeremy
     

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