I started with 3 chickens in a pre-built coop that claimed to house 6. They did just fine but no way I would have put 6 in there. We also expanded the run quite a bit and put pvc pipe on the bottom so we could drag it to a new spot whenever the grass got completely trampled. They were free range in the back yard when we were not at work.I live in a neighborhood, so small is the key for right now...maybe 3 chickens. I live in Central Florida so it’s hot. I think winters are freezing, but I get cold with anything below 80! My plan is to purchase a small coop and run and a sail shade for them not to get too hot. I don’t think we have predators around here, we have a vinyl fence all around the yard so I think they will be safe.
As I am sure you are aware, I am such a newby to the chicken arena that I haven’t even gotten my first chicken yet! I have been studying coops. Now, since I am just beginning, isn’t it okay if I purchase a cute little coop, or do you really have to build one?? Honestly, I would much rather buy one! A builder I ain’t!! And, I would like to the the beginning of this new adventure as simple as possible for me! Now, since I have all that outta the way, which brand is best?
I hope I am not becoming a bother! I want to be successful when I do actually get a chicken! And thank you for all of your help!
Floor space is the main criteria, but height of coop is important for ventilation.is square feet of floor space the only or biggest criteria or does cubic feet enter into the picture at some point?