Advice on small coop for 3 chicks in city limits of Wichita Kansas.

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  1. blueyedgirl

    blueyedgirl Out Of The Brooder

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    I am new to this. I have been wanting chickens for years now. Decided this is the year! I haven't purchased chicks yet. I need to build or buy coop. Thought I would go with Frizzles or Silkies. Anyone have suggestions for me, would be appreciated.
     
  2. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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  4. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    Welcome to BYC. Glad you decided join to our flock. Be sure and build or buy a big enough coop/run. The recommended minimum size for the floor area of the coop is 4 sq. ft. per bird and for the run 10 sq. ft. per bird, so with 3 chickens you will need a minimum coop floor area of 12 sq. ft. and a minimum run area of 30 sq. ft. More is always better as overcrowding can quickly lead to aggression, fights, biting and feather plucking, and even cannibalism. Given Wichita's cold winters (I used to live north of there), make sure that you coop is draft free, dry, and well ventilated to prevent moisture from building up in the coop. I would recommend reading through the articles in the Housing and Feeding Your Chickens section of our Learning Center at https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/housing-and-feeding-your-chickens. There is loads of useful information on coops and winterizing them there. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Good luck in getting your coop and your flock.
     
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    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

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    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Are you planning on chickens for eggs or enjoyment? Silkies make great pets but, aren't the best layers.
     
  8. sunflour

    sunflour Flock Master Premium Member Project Manager

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    [​IMG] So glad you have joined us.

    There are so many styles of coops. Since you are in Wichita, I cannot help but suggest this one : https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/wichita-cabin-coop


    I based mine on this design, but did add onto it after the first year.

    Good luck with your planning.
     
  9. blueyedgirl

    blueyedgirl Out Of The Brooder

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    I would like egg layers. But mainly just for the enjoyment.
     
  10. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    Hello, and welcome to BYC![​IMG] I'm glad you joined our community.
     

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