building a coop

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by bbblown, Dec 22, 2015.

  1. bbblown

    bbblown Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 23, 2013
    Hi everyone my name is Frank.
    I am in the process of building a coop. I have a 6 by 8 doll house I'm currently converting.I have a couple of questions that hopefully someone could answer.
    1 How many nesting boxes do i need? i want 12 chickens
    2 How big should i build them?
    3 Do i build roosts over the nesting box area?
    4 What is a good automatic chicken coop door opener?
    5 lastly any other information on coop design that could help.[I'm new at this]
  2. cavemanrich

    cavemanrich Chicken Obsessed

    Apr 6, 2014
    Melrose Park Illinois
    Here are your answers..
    1. 3 to 4 nesting boxes are enough for 12 chickens.
    2. A good size for a nesting box is 16 X 16 X 16 with a front stop to keep nesting material from falling out. Ideally use straw or hay for nests. More comfort for chickens then wood shavings. But both will work. Use what is available at time.
    3. You can build roosts above nesting boxes, but a good idea in that position is to provide poop boards under roosts. Easier to clean up the gumdrops that will accumulate.
    4 Ador 1 seem to be a favorite of mine. I looked at many and like this one at $200 approximate.
    5. Provide sufficient ventilation and as much natural light into coop as reasonable.
    Don't know what else to tell you unless you ask what you do not know.
  3. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Welcome to Backyard chickens. You can check out the coops forum above. Many, many styles, sizes, etc. to ponder. Some have very detailed instructions. Most of all the rule of thumb is allow 4-5 sg.feet per bird Inside the coop - excluding roosts and nest boxes. The birds should have 10 sq.feet each in the outdoor run. A run cover of some sort will kept prevent raptor attacks. A solid cover can provide shade and some shelter from the elements.
  4. bbblown

    bbblown Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 23, 2013
    Thank you for taking the time to respond . Is it better to build 4 nesting boxes? The shed has two windows and two gable vents in it. And one fixed window in the front gable. I will post a picture of it. I will also check out the door
  5. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC & Merry Christmas! I'm glad you joined us! :)
  6. bbblown

    bbblown Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 23, 2013
    Thank you merry Christmas to all
  7. trailrider330

    trailrider330 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 4, 2013
    Midwest America
    Welcome to the BYC flock! We are glad you joined us!


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