Can't wait to hear the Clucks!


7 Years
May 22, 2012
Hello, I'm MistyH!

I'm getting my very first flock in June and am so excited! I hope to hear from as many of you as care to give me tips and I hope to be helpful as well, here on BYC!

My flock will start small, with 1 rooster and 2 hens of a breed that lays tiny eggs. I intend to have a flock of 12 hens and 1 rooster as my ideal size, but am not sure if that will be too much or too little. I'm feeding eggs and meat to a family of 30 spanning 3 generations!

I have all the material I need to make a stationary coop that's 5'W x 4'D x 3'H. Totaling 60 cubic feet (I think)
I hope that's enough for a flock of 13, plus chicks.
The Run I have materials for 5'W x 11'D x 6'H,

Please, if you read this and find my measurements would be small or odd, say so! I don't want to do this wrong!

Glad to meet all of you!


Up Northerner
Premium Feather Member
9 Years
Mar 26, 2011
Upper Peninsula Michigan
Hi and welcome to BYC from northern Michigan

Most recommend 4 square feet of floor space (not cubic feet) per bird in the coop. Your coop will have 20 square feet, enough for 5 birds. 13 birds would need 52 square feet.

Outdoor run should be 10 square feet per bird, or 130 square feet for 13 birds.

More is always better when it comes to space. Birds crowded too close get sick more easily, and can pick on each other.

cyw iar

In the Brooder
7 Years
Apr 3, 2012
Hudson Valley area, NY
My Coop
Welcome! I'm just getting started, too. We're expecting our chicks to arrive the first week of June (two weeks!!!) and I'm waaaay too excited. I've been trolling this website for months now - so much great information and such a helpful bunch! :)


Rest in Peace 1980-2020
Premium Feather Member
8 Years
Jun 28, 2011
Hello and welcome to BYC! If you want tiny eggs get bantams. They lay the cutest little eggs!

cyw iar: you've been "trolling" us?


7 Years
May 22, 2012
Thank you everyone!

Yes, my first three, a rooster and 2 hens are bantams! I'll be sure to spoil you all with the detail of their first days at my home when I get them in a few weeks! I too an way too excited!

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