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Appropriate coop and run size?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Capricco, Oct 8, 2012.

  1. Capricco

    Capricco Hatching

    Oct 8, 2012
    Hi, future first-time chicken owner here.

    I came here to ask what would be an appropriate coop and run size for three Rhode Island Red hens?

    I live in Northern California, up in the mountain range. We get a lot of snow here, so I have to take into consideration the space they need if they have to stay in the coop for a few days at a time.

    I was thinking maybe 8x6 {48 sq. ft.} for the coop? Would that be too big? I'm not planning on extending the flock size, my parents are limiting them to three hens.

    As for the run, how big should that be?

    We're building both the coop and run ourselves, me and my father.

    Sorry for all the questions, I just want to see if what I'm thinking for sizes is correct, or if I can get extra help from experienced chicken owners.


  2. jedgeworth

    jedgeworth In the Brooder

    Oct 1, 2012
    Thats plenty big enough. Most things say you need 4 sq ft of room per chicken in the coop if they have access to a run and 10 sq ft per chicken in the run. Its always good to build bigger if you can cause your flock will get probably get bigger. Most everyone starts out small and enjoy them more than they thought and their flock gets bigger.

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