Another bewbie question.

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Bsisler, Feb 21, 2013.

  1. Bsisler

    Bsisler Hatching

    Feb 19, 2013
    Hello all, I'm new to BYC. I am designing my first chicken coop and run.. This may or may not be a stupid question. As far as egg laying is there such a thing as to much space? Im planning on having 6-8 hens in a 8x4 coop and a 10x10 run. Is this suitable or should I go bigger or smaller with either one?? Also does anyone have any suggestions on what feed/health products to use?
    Last edited: Feb 21, 2013
  2. They both sound nice to me! I always like to make a slightly larger run then is asked for, but that's just my preference. the coop sounds plenty large. I think you are good to go! as for feed, I just get what my local feed store sells, I've heard good stuff about layena though.
  3. Slongest

    Slongest Chirping

    Oct 15, 2012
    My Coop
    I think your right about where you should be perfect size for that amount of birds you could house 10 birds in that size area just fine..
    i know there people that will tell you a recommended spuare footage per bird but im sure you will be fine.
  4. 4 the Birds

    4 the Birds Songster

    Oct 15, 2010
    Westfield, Indiana
    12' x 12" space is widely used as an egg laying space if that is what you are asking. You can make them 12-16" high. This size space gives them privacy and a perfect size cozy nest. The bigger the better with the coop size. You can always section the interior as needed.

  5. Bsisler

    Bsisler Hatching

    Feb 19, 2013
    Thanks so much for the feed back... I think ill keep the 8x4 coop and do 2 nesting areas built out from the 4' sides making the total 8'x6' and put 3 nesting areas in each "build out" for a total of 6 nesting box's. Thanks so much guys and gals!
    Last edited: Feb 22, 2013

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