Can I do a 4x4 coop for 4 chickens?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Buckaroohens, Jan 25, 2016.

  1. Buckaroohens

    Buckaroohens Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi there!

    I know that the minimum space for a chicken is 4 square feet. I was hoping to get 4 chickens this summer. However, I might only have a coop that is 4x4. Would that be too cramped for four chickens or would that be okay? I know the rule is to always go bigger and eventually, I probably will further down the road. I'm just wondering if I can have 4 chickens in a 4x4 coop or should I only put 3 chickens in there at the most? Thanks!
     
  2. TalkALittle

    TalkALittle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What breeds? Will you be acquiring all birds at the same time/same age? Do you have a sheltered run for winter?
     
  3. chicklover 1998

    chicklover 1998 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It will be fine for most breeds as long as you long get the really big breeds and remember 10 foot per bird if you are going to have a run.
     
  4. Monstro

    Monstro Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We had a 4x4 (nest boxes extended out) with 4 hens in it our first year. They were fine except for winter. Ours dont like snow and refuse to go out. Then get bored and start pecking at each other.
     
  5. waddles99

    waddles99 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Coop space all depends on the outside space. If they have 8 square feet per chicken of run, then 4 square feet is fine. If they will be in the coop 24/7 (which i do not recommend) you will need at least 12.
     
  6. Buckaroohens

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    I am getting 4 red sex-links. The outdoor run will be 8x8 and partially covered.
     
  7. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    You should be fine then. The only issue with a coop that is a bit on the small side is when bad weather comes and it's the only shelter. If you can cover the run it will give them more room for those stormy days.
     
  8. TalkALittle

    TalkALittle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You should be fine.
     
  9. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner True BYC Addict

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    Sounds pretty good to me too. When you are partially covering that run you are not only trying to keep snow out of some of it but block the wind too. Mine normally stay in the coop for a couple of days when they wake up to a white world, but if a cold wind is blowing, they are not going out in it.
     
  10. Buckaroohens

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    Thanks! I really appreciate all your responses.
     

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