Can my coop be to large?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Flashy2003, Jan 16, 2011.

  1. Flashy2003

    Flashy2003 Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 31, 2010
    Hi, I had a vision of a small to medium coop in my head. But I always start off small and eventually by the time I'm done go way overboard. So what Im getting at is, I originally just wanted to build a coop a couple feet of the ground with a floor area of 6x4. Then I started wanting to build a larger coop about 7' height and a floor plan of 4x8.Im only looking to keep around 10 bantams .But I live in the North East and it gets cold up here in the winters. Will the bantams be better off keeping the smaller coop warmer in the winter than a larger one? I will use a heating element when it is extreme.
  2. johny

    johny Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 22, 2010
    Larger coop is easier to keep clean.
    Easier to keep humidity down.
    Roomier and nicer for chickens.
    Easier to keep stable temperatures.
    Gives room to expand the flock.

    And by the way, 4x8 is still pretty small for 10 Bantams all winter with no run to go out to.
    Double up and go for 8x8. It's easy because that is a two piece plywood sheet floor with no cutting involved.
  3. mulewagon

    mulewagon Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 13, 2010
    Everybody always says you should plan for more room than you'll think you need (and it's true!) You can always partition off part if you think they need to be warmer. It's a lot harder to add more space than it is to partition a larger area...
  4. greenriver

    greenriver Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 19, 2010
    Wilmington, Il
    No, cannot be too big. They need draft free though.
  5. Flashy2003

    Flashy2003 Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 31, 2010
    The coop will have a covered 6x15 run. If they choose to use it when its bitter out side.
  6. tiffanyh

    tiffanyh Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 8, 2007
    The coop will have a covered 6x15 run. If they choose to use it when its bitter out side.

    Mine do! I have about the same space for about that many bantams. They go in and out all winter, no matter how cold. I have plenty of space and no problems with them over the years.​
    Last edited: Jan 16, 2011
  7. hudsonhousechicks

    hudsonhousechicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 2, 2010
    It's always nice to have a large coop just in case you'd like to add more chicks later. I wish mine was bigger. It's 6x8 and we keep 4 big boned (2 BO and 2 sussies) girls in there with their Wyandotte roo. I'd like to add two more hens in the spring but I worry they'll be crowded. Think big, go large!
  8. OkChickens

    OkChickens Orpingtons Are Us

    Dec 1, 2010
    Owasso, Oklahoma
    I am planning to remodel my coop this spring and I'm making separate pens for different breeds. Big is good as long as it is properly ventilated and not drafty.

    My coop is 20x35 and I am going to have5-6 sections total I will have anywhere from 7 hens and 1 Rooster to 12 hens and 2 Roosters per 10x10 pen. They will have access outside on most days either free ranging or in a run. I will have a large pen for my "egg layer" flock. Bigger is not always better but plan for the future. Chicken Math is a good thing but be prepared for the future! When you either buy or make a coop make it to where it is expandable for future add ons. Chickens are a blast!

  9. pontoosuc

    pontoosuc Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 9, 2010
    Richmond, MA
    you'll always need space for stuff other than birds: feed, grit, oyster shell, more chickens, poop buckets, scratch, paper towels, water, toys, blue kote,
    pine shavings, camera, muck boots, more chickens, snow shovel, fans, umbrella, summer furniture, snow blower, more chickens, fire wood for the house.......
  10. 95yj

    95yj Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 25, 2009
    Central Vermont
    yes, you are entirely correct, that coop is way too big, give it too me and i'll trade you my smaller one...
    there is no such thing a a too big coop, never

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