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Can a coop be too big?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Heffalump, Sep 13, 2018.

  1. Heffalump

    Heffalump In the Brooder

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    Currently have 6 hens, and I'm looking about for a 6x8ft shed with a view to getting a few more. Now I'm in the market though I'm wondering if I should look for bigger again just in case I want a few more after my few more....
     
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  2. EggSighted4Life

    EggSighted4Life Free Ranging

    Go Bigger!

    If you are already thinking it... you better do it, chicken math is REALLY hard. :oops: Besides bigger means more room to hang out during bad weather and potentially more time in between cleaning for the keeper. It might give you room to include an isolation ward, store some supplies or just hang out. You won't regret going bigger NOW. :thumbsup
     
  3. jolly wattles

    jolly wattles Songster

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    Short math answer....4 sq ft per bird in coop and 10 sqft per bird for run.
    Your coop is 48sq ft so you're ok there right now. So you can go up to 12 birds. How big is your run?
     
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  4. EggSighted4Life

    EggSighted4Life Free Ranging

    Those are really good starting guidelines. :thumbsup

    Peoples' husbandry skills, their weather conditions (think snow or Pacific northwest rain), possible predator conditions requiring unexpected confinement and the personality of the birds kept (including possible broodiness or accidental cockerels) are big factors. Bigger spaces... More than recommended.... equals LESS problems ALWAYS when it comes to poultry keeping. ;)

    You also need to account for the floor space that will be taken (if any) by feeders, water, and lay boxes. I don't keep feeders or water in my coop except during days of needed confinement like teaching someone to quit hiding eggs. Many factors will come into play....

    GO as big as YOU can.... I now have 5 separate coops, no wait almost 7, two more coming into use here shortly! :oops: :smack And two of them are 12x12 with huge pastures... you already sound like... a math magician in the making. :cool:
     
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  5. Chick-N-Fun

    Chick-N-Fun Feather & Fur Whisperer Premium Member

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    Big Coop + More Chickens= the Perfect Math problem! :celebrate
     
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  6. Heffalump

    Heffalump In the Brooder

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    Haha! That's great guys, thanks!
     
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  7. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member 5 Years

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    More space is better in your climate....not so you can jam it packed full of birds, but for a healthier environment.
     
  8. Ducksandchickens

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    Go big or go home!
     
  9. Ducksandchickens

    Ducksandchickens Crowing

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    lol
     

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