Chicken Coop big enough?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by GSDBESTK9, Apr 10, 2012.

  1. GSDBESTK9

    GSDBESTK9 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    In your opinion, is this chicken coop big enough for 6 Red Sex Links? We are going to build a big run ourselves...
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  2. GSDBESTK9

    GSDBESTK9 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It as 6 nesting boxes all together...

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  3. GSDBESTK9

    GSDBESTK9 Chillin' With My Peeps

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  4. Eggsoteric

    Eggsoteric Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think you'll find that 6 full-size birds will be crowded in a coop of that size.
     
  5. CarolJ

    CarolJ Dogwood Trace Farm

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    I would be tempted to take out 3 of the nesting boxes and have that little bit of extra space for the coop itself. There's no way you'd need 6 nesting boxes for only 6 hens. You only "need" one or two for 6 hens. I've found that you can go smaller on coop space AS LONG AS you go bigger on run space. Except for roosting at night, chickens generally don't spend much time in the coop - and definitely not all at the same time. So you can probably house 6 okay in it as long as you make them a nice big run.

    I've never heard anyone complain about making the coop and/or run too big - but a lot of people regret making them too small.
     
  6. HippieChick76

    HippieChick76 Blossom Backyard Farm

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    I am a total newbie when it comes to coops, but I can tell you that one is smaller than the one I am planning to house four cochin bantams.
     
  7. GSDBESTK9

    GSDBESTK9 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you everyone! We are going to go look at this one tomorrow...
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  8. HippieChick76

    HippieChick76 Blossom Backyard Farm

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    Good luck! Would love to know what that one looks like on the inside if you take pics.
     
  9. chicksandkids

    chicksandkids Out Of The Brooder

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    We just built a coop inside our shed for our chicks. We have 12 in there now, but I just bought 6 Australorps that will join them next month. It's almost 4' x 11.5' long. We'll have 8 nesting boxes. They'll also have a 13'x8.5' run that they'll have access to via a doggie door. I don't think I'd try to fit 6 birds in that first coop. The second seems to have more "head" room at the very least, and seems like it'll have a lot more floor space too, so they can fly and run a bit, and it'll be easier on you to clean, which you will appreciate quickly.
     
  10. ButchGood

    ButchGood Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Stand inside your coop and visualize all your full grown birds in there. If you can see yourself walking across without having to step over a bird, your golden. If you cant see your birds walking around without bumping into each other, that's a no go.
     

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