Are these coops big enough for 5 hens?

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

  1. dkam

    dkam In the Brooder

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    Hi, I'm trying to have some comparable coops for price to see if I should build one instead.

    These coops I found on ebay say that they are big enough for 5 chickens. My chickens are RIRs. 2 week olds right now.

    I know that the coop should have 4 square feet per bird but I am having trouble calculating it correctly... Their run is 10X10

    Here are the two coops:

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/130446062852?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1438.l2649
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/280885927063?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1438.l2649

    Thanks!
     
  2. nurse_turtle

    nurse_turtle Songster

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    The first one will hold a MAX of 2 large hens and the second will hold 3 large hens comfortably. The coop should hold 4 sq ft per standard sized bird IF they have 10 sq ft per bird in the run.
     
  3. dkam

    dkam In the Brooder

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    Thanks for the reply. They will have 20 sq ft of run per bird and I am in an area where it doesn't snow and it rains maximum 2 weeks out of the year, so they will be spending most of their time outside. Would I be able to fit them in the second one?
     
  4. fillmore

    fillmore In the Brooder

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    the smaller one is constructed from plastic panels stapled to lightweight framing. i dont believe it would last long outdoors, nor be secure from predators. the roost dowel looks like it would rip out pretty quickly. i wouldnt even consider it as an option for the price.
     
  5. PrincessJC

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    For the cost of the 2nd one you can surely build it cheaper. Make it simple, you can always beautify it later if that's a concern.
     

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