Cold weather coop

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by citychicks17, Jan 15, 2017.

  1. citychicks17

    citychicks17 New Egg

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    My husband and I are about to build our first coop. We are chicken newbies and will have 5 hens. We live in Kenutcky so warmer summers and colder winters. Every where I read says 4x6 coop would be big enough for 5 birds. I just want to make sure this will be ok for the winter. They will have access to at least 5x10 run, hoping to make this bigger.
     
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  2. IdyllwildAcres

    IdyllwildAcres Chillin' With My Peeps

    I would go as big as you practically can, more room is better. I have never built anything and later wished I would have made it smaller. If you plan on it costing twice as much and taking twice as long you will be close!

    Good luck

    Gary
     
  3. Beekissed

    Beekissed True BYC Addict

    I agree....I've never heard anyone ever say they wish they hadn't built such a large coop.

    For healthy, well adjusted birds, you'll want to build to maximum space, not minimal needs. I'd look into hoop coop construction, which allows for easy expansion and a cheap and easy build. I built one that I love that's 12x10 for around $300...note, I used as much scrap and free lumber I could, so that price is from using some measure of reclaimed lumber.
     
  4. ChickenMammX4

    ChickenMammX4 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We live in SW Ohio so our weather is about the same and we have 6 chickens. Our coop is. 8' x 18' (8' x 9' is used by chickens, other 1/2 is storage and our get-out-of-the-weather area when doing chicken chores. They have an 8' x 16' covered run. Honestly I wouldn't add more than 1 or 2 to our size coop & run. If you have the room, I'd suggest going larger. The hens spend more time indoors during the cold weather. Also, a covered run during the wet winters and spring will make life easier for you and the chickens.
     
  5. citychicks17

    citychicks17 New Egg

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    Thank you!:thumbsup
     

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