Chicken coop question

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by KBUGS, Jul 28, 2011.

  1. KBUGS

    KBUGS Out Of The Brooder

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    So right now we have 10 chickens in a 25 square foot coop and a 200 square foot run. It goes like this...... the run is just 20 x 10 dog kennel 10 ft high, with the concrete shed being 1 10 ft section in the run. The coop is 5ft x 5 ft x 4'tall inside and has 4 nesting boxes. It sits 2-3 ft off the ground or so. I would like to add a few (just 2 or 3) more hens to the flock and was wondering if we were to expand the kennel another 10 foot, making it and 30 x 10 run and covered the new ten foot section with a roof, and built a simple box or something for shelter, and put a roost in if it would be enough for a couple more hens? They free range for at least half of everyday. Usually all day, but they have just started laying, so I'm trying to see if they will get used to using the nesting boxes. In the coop now 4 hens and the roo sleep on the top roost and one hen on second roost by herself ( there are 3 levels to the roost) and the 4 other hens sleep piled in a nesting box. Silly girls. They all seem fine with the situation, but I didn't know if a covered semi enclosed run could be used as "coop" space? Hope that makes since [​IMG]
     
  2. LarryPQ

    LarryPQ Easter Hatch!!

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    Mine needed more shade, so I put up an Easy-up under the bird netting in the run. They liked it so much, I ended up creating another roost using shelf brackets on the wall. Some of the older hens & turkeys prefer to sleep "outside" especially when it is hot.
     
  3. KBUGS

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    That's kinda what I was thinking, it gets pretty hot here and I thought some might actually prefer a more open sleeping area. Thanks for the reply. What's and easy up? LOL
     
  4. wava1vaughn

    wava1vaughn Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 24, 2011
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    Hi from Ga. If the portion of the run you want to use as part of the coop is covered to protect the chickens from the weather it will be fine. If anything your coop is on the small size. So the more space you give them the better. Good Luck. [​IMG]
     
  5. CandiceN

    CandiceN Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:It's just a tent shelter with 4 poles, like you would use at a picnic. They are super easy to use, and quite sturdy in my experience. EZ UP is just the brand name.
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  6. Omran

    Omran Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think that your plan i s real good,no worry go ahead whith it.
     
  7. KBUGS

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    Ok, thanks all! I know it's a little on the small size so I def. want to get it fixed up before I get a few more. I think that's what we will be working on for the next few days. The 10 do fine right now, especially since they free range enough, but even 1 more might throw it off soooo, I want to find a simple way for right now. Thanks guys! Eay up, hmmmmm. Good to know!
     

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