Bulding a coop and wondering about storage

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by SpaceChicken, Mar 18, 2016.

  1. SpaceChicken

    SpaceChicken New Egg

    Feb 1, 2016
    Boston Suburbs
    We are planning to have 8-10 chickens and don't have any sense of how much space the supplies (feed, shavings, what else?) will take up. We plan on doing the deep litter method, so I don't think we'll be changing the bedding that often, but don't know how often you add more shavings between cleanings.

    We have lots of animals in the area so I assume we will need to keep feed in a metal trash can, but how do you store the bedding etc? Does that need to be in a metal bin as well, or will mice not really bother with it so we could keep in it plastic. Is it ok to have the bins just out next to the coop or should they be in the run? We don't really want to have to make the coop big enough to include storage space inside (we are planning a 4x8 coop and an attached run for a total of 8x15)

    Any other thoughts on storage?


  2. BarneyNCyndi

    BarneyNCyndi Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 9, 2014
    Everett, wa
    We have six chickens and just use a dog food bin for their food. It seals up well and takes little space. For bedding we use white shavings and just store that in a big plastic trash can. So space isnt really an issue. But then we do have some space under the coop for miscellaneous supplies like food scoop for cleaning, extention cords and the like. I dont think 8 to ten chickens will require very much more space. Hope this helps in some way.
  3. ChickenMammX4

    ChickenMammX4 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 17, 2015
    SW Ohio
    Our coop is 8' x 18', half is used for the chickens, half for storage. We keep feed & scratch in a trash cans (the feed bag in the pic is new). Never had problems with mice getting in shavings or other bags though. It's so nice having everything close and an area to get out of the weather when doing coop chores.

  4. DaveNay

    DaveNay Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 26, 2016
    Northern Illinois
    We are committing two unused horse stalls for the chickens. Both are 12' x 10'. One stall will be the coop and the other will be the store room with the egg boxes being accessible from the store room.
  5. Folly's place

    Folly's place True BYC Addict

    Sep 13, 2011
    southern Michigan
    Dave, that sounds great! Make sure that the coop area is predator proof; lots of hardware cloth over openings. Are you building a run outside, with a door for the chickens? Mary
  6. DaveNay

    DaveNay Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 26, 2016
    Northern Illinois
    Most definitely predator proof. Yes outside run. Probably 10' or 12' wide x 36' long.
  7. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC!!

    What is your climate?
    Putting your location in your profile can help folks give better answers/suggestions.

    Having your supplies close at hand and under cover from weather (and free from chicken poop) may well be worth the cost and effort of building a bigger coop.
    You can also build your nests so you can gather eggs out of the weather and without having to go into the actual coop.
    Having an inner wall and door will also give you access to coop and supplies without worrying about chickens 'escaping' when you open the outer door.

    Metal cans for feed storage is a necessity IMO...keeps the mice out.
    Bedding bales in plastic they don't seem to bother.

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