Can a coop be too big?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by pati-o, Aug 4, 2008.

  1. pati-o

    pati-o In the Brooder

    Jun 30, 2008
    southwest Michigan
    We are just finishing up our new coop, the old 4x8 coop was too small. The new one is 8x12. I have 8 Isa Browns and 4 seramas. We have a cement floor, lots of ventilation and light and so far no insulation. I am in Southwest Michigan and was wondering if I've got too much coop for my girls & boys.

    my pics: (not sure how to load)
  2. ncgnance

    ncgnance Songster

    Aug 22, 2007
    Iredell County, NC
    There is no such thing as a coop that's too big. Nature abhors a vaccuum, so, if you build it, it WILL fill up with chickens....LOL
  3. Hangin Wit My Peeps

    Hangin Wit My Peeps

    Apr 20, 2008
    Birnamwood, Wisconsin
    Well if your in gets cold there. Did you insulate it well? I know part of keeping a coop warm is chicken's body heat. With a large coop and not so many birds that will be a little harder to do. I would add a heat light...especially for the Seramas! They are from Malaysia and can't handle under 40 degree temps. I made an indoor coop for my Serama for our cold winters.
  4. spook

    spook Songster

    Apr 21, 2008
    North Central Florida
    Being from Maine, I would suggest you use some cardboard and lower your ceiling on the end you do not need to come into. It then will keep the heat down to their level, making the area you stand in the area you can keep the waterer and feeder. Granted your winters are harsher then ours, I would also recommend the deep litter method and as long as you don't have a draft they should be fine. Also, place a garbage bag, clear plastic or what ever over the top 1/3 of the doorway to prevent heat from escaping when you open the door. Good luck and probably the chickens would do just great without the cardboard ceiling, but it helps quite a bit.
  5. horsejody

    horsejody Squeaky Wheel

    Feb 11, 2008
    Waterloo, Nebraska
    Quote:No, your coop isn't too big. If it looks too roomy, get more chickens.
  6. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    There is absolutely never such a thing as too big a coop, not even in the coldest climates.

    If you find yourself with a small number of chickens rattling around in a huge space in midwinter and they are not able to keep it warm enough, all you have to do is partition off a smaller area for them as the 'keep warm, roosting area'. Ta da, problem solved.

    So, build away [​IMG]

  7. Anny

    Anny Songster

    Apr 24, 2008
    Detroit Michigan
    Hi fellow Michigander

    I don't think it can be to big, if the chickens get cold they huddle in one spot. Plus the bigger the coop the more chickens you can add later [​IMG]
  8. Ladysonja

    Ladysonja Songster

    Jul 29, 2008
    Porter, Texas
    Quote:Not at all! We have a 8x12 coop and I love it! I can walk around in it and my husband has plans to add as many chickens as possible... We are going to have laying birds and meat birds. It was converted from an old tool shed.

    Plus our run will be 12 x 15 foot. My husband says that he wants enough out/in door room for all the girls and roos in our flock.

    We worry more about our weather in the summer than the winter... But it is so well build, the coop is cooler than the outdoor tempatures in mid summer!

    The coop picture is great! Good luck this winter... from what I have read, everyone has offered excellent advice.

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