Another "How Many Chickens Fit in Here?" Post

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by TaraontheCoast, Jun 24, 2019.

  1. TaraontheCoast

    TaraontheCoast Chirping

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    I'm inheriting a coop from a friend (we're first-timers), and I know the rule of 4 square feet per chicken.

    That said, I measured the entire space (coop and attached run), so Im honestly unsure of the actual coop's size.

    It won't get delivered until next week sometime so I can't measure again. Obviously I can wait until it arrives to decide how many birds we're getting, but would love some thoughts. Are gravitating toward non-bantam breeds.

    The entire coop/run here is 6 feet long and 4 feet wide. I didn't measure the height.

    Sorry for the picture. My friend snapped it, as the coop is just sitting in her driveway. Thanks!
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  2. Wolfefarmyard

    Wolfefarmyard Crowing

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    4 sq feet is rule for the coop, so don’t count the run in. It looks like one of those smaller prefab coop which could fit maybe 3 full sized birds but it wouldn’t be comfortable. Definitely need a larger run as well.
     
  3. imnukensc

    imnukensc Crowing

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    I wouldn't put more than 2 chickens in that
     
  4. trumpeting_angel

    trumpeting_angel Crowing

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    It looks, from the photo, like the run takes up about 4 of the six feet. Leaving the coop about 2’ x 4’.

    I spent hours online looking at coops where the square footage wasn’t clearly indicated.

    It’s a very small coop. Two chickens.
     
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  5. Brahma Chicken5000

    Brahma Chicken5000 Araucana Addict

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    That coop setup is big enough for 2-3 large fowl chickens and 3-4 Bantam chickens.
     
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  6. 16Chickens Keeper

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    Id only keep chicks in that
     
  7. gtaus

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    It's a nice looking little coop and run there. I would estimate it was made for 3-4 grown chickens, which is the typical size of those coops I see at the local farm stores.
     
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  8. HuffleClaw

    HuffleClaw Addicted to Birds

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    x2! :highfive:
     
  9. trumpeting_angel

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    If you’re hoping for more chickens, consider enclosing the run and making the whole thing your coop. Then adding a run.

    And ventilation!
     
  10. gtaus

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    Well, it's small compared to some other designs, but it has an external nest box so clearly it was made to house a small number of full grown chickens. One thing I have learned from my limited chicken raising experience is that the manufactures of these prebuilt small coops is that they over estimate the number of birds they can house. I would think that 4 square feet for each grown chicken in the coop is a good rule of thumb.
     

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