Acquired a coop... how many chickens?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by auburnkurls, May 24, 2012.

  1. auburnkurls

    auburnkurls In the Brooder

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    I have acquired this coop from a friend of a friend... Now, how many hens? Do you think this would be big enough for 4? Or should I go with 2? 4 is the most my city ordinances will allow for the size of my lot.





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  2. crazychickenwom

    crazychickenwom Chirping

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    Just by the pictures I would only go with 2, however if we had dimensions that would really help. Also, it will help to know if you plan to get regular sized hens or bantam (smaller) hens.

    The average recommended space per regular bird in the house is 4 square feet / bird and in the run or yard 10 square feet per bird.

    Congrats on the coop though, will be a great start!!
     
  3. aggiemae

    aggiemae Songster

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    Two.
     
  4. auburnkurls

    auburnkurls In the Brooder

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    its 2ftx6ft the coop part is 2ftx3ft and about 30" tall with two nesting boxes.
     
  5. KDK1

    KDK1 Songster

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    No more than two LF and it seems to be in need of ventilation.
     
  6. Red Barn Farms

    Red Barn Farms ~Friendly Fowl~

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    Maybe 2 'smaller' standard breed or 3 'small' bantams might be fine.

    That is a cute coop! [​IMG]
     
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  7. auburnkurls

    auburnkurls In the Brooder

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    Well, I went with 3 golden buff chicks hatched 5/24. They are happy and warm in a large aquarium brooder now.

    I did notice the ventilation issue... the "skylights" in the coop are covered with chicken wire and then the clear plastic roofing... there is some ventilation there.

    The front red panel you see in pics 2 and 3 is where I may cut a hinged door window to provide further ventilation if needed. I also plan on adding an additional fenced run attachement off the gate to the coop so they can be out in the yard a little bit.
     

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