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coop and run

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Athensm50, Jul 22, 2013.

  1. Athensm50

    Athensm50 In the Brooder

    Jul 17, 2013
    Hey guys....my daughter and I worked on our new Coop and run this weekend....maybe 2 weeks out before we are ready for chickens.....my question is I am doing a coop in a barn bay(10 x 10) and (inclosing with tin) and then making a run of 15 x 10 out into the yard(just grass)....with 4 nesting boxes........sound about right?....I hear 3 or 4 hens per nesting box....so that would mean I could do a dozen or so hens....but is that too many for the size of the area?

    we just finished out doorways this weekend.....so we are WAY early in this if we need to change design plans!

    thanks for any input

  2. chickflick

    chickflick Crowing 11 Years

    Mar 10, 2007
    Sounds good. But, think of the future. Chickens are addicting. You may want to make it bigger so you can get more chickens in the future!
  3. Athensm50

    Athensm50 In the Brooder

    Jul 17, 2013
    that's kinda what I'm afraid of.....my "Grassy" area being too small......

    would like to free range got all kinds of area......just not home all the time.....but can try to do that in the evenings?.....not sure how well they will adapt to that....going in and out of fenced area.
  4. Baymule

    Baymule Songster 8 Years

    Jul 1, 2010
    Northeast Texas
    You can leave them cooped in their secure coop and run while you are gone and let them out in the evenings when you get home. They will adapt to whatever you do. Bear in mind that predators will attack, even when you are home. Is your area fenced so neighborhood dogs can't get in?

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