Building a coop for 6 chickens

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by dslrcowboy, Feb 8, 2016.

  1. dslrcowboy

    dslrcowboy New Egg

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    I'm new to owning chickens but have worked on a chicken farm with about 120k birds I'm looking at building a coop for 6 chickens about 4x6 by 3ft(to the low part of the roof )with a run underneath that's 6x6 by 2ft tall.do you guys think that's big enough / if so what is the max bird count for a setup like this
     
  2. cavemanrich

    cavemanrich Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You are at max having 6 in your coop. The run is suitable to hold about 3. Of course you can keep the 6 in what you have , but overcrowding causes all sort of problems. If you could increase run size or let them free range, then things would be more ideal. This is calculated for 6 standard chickens.. If you were to have bantams, then the acomodations would be more fitting. The guide not rule. is 4 square feet in coop and 10 square feet in run per chicken.

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  3. sawilliams

    sawilliams Chillin' With My Peeps

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    4sq ft ground space per bird in the coop 10 sq ground space for bird in the run (unless they will be allow yard time as well)
     
  4. ChickenMammX4

    ChickenMammX4 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 6 good size chickens, the area they have in the coop is 8' x 9' with a 8' x 16' run. We don't free range so having extra room is nice. Even so, I wouldn't add more than 2 or 3 more birds to my set up. Having a large area cuts down on behavior issues and is easier to maintain.
     
  5. dslrcowboy

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    Thanks all its much appreciated
     
  6. dslrcowboy

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  7. 21hens-incharge

    21hens-incharge Overrun With Chickens

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    Remember when designing the run are that there will be times that one is under the coop and must be fetched out. ie: broody and not in a good place to be, sick or injured and needs help.

    Drop down or removable sides on the lower part helps a lot.

    Your sketch looks like it could work. I personally like having a run I can walk into and no access under the coop for them. I do not enjoy crawling under to get a chicken. (been there done that)

    If you can go bigger that is always better when it comes to chickens.

    For a visual for you I am including a pic of one of my old coops that was 4x6 and had the 2 foot tall under space. It may give you ideas for yours..... or not.

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    I built it inside the existing run which was very difficult.
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    Space saving idea. This was mounted to the clean out door.
     
  8. dslrcowboy

    dslrcowboy New Egg

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    Thanks for the insight I'll make sure to build a couple doors in the bottom this is the base I'm building it on [​IMG]
     
  9. 21hens-incharge

    21hens-incharge Overrun With Chickens

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    That looks to be one heck of a sturdy base! Keep the good planning going and things will work out.
     
  10. dslrcowboy

    dslrcowboy New Egg

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