coop dimensions question????

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by chickenchok, Oct 1, 2008.

  1. chickenchok

    chickenchok Songster

    Sep 6, 2008
    North Carolina
    I read in the FAQ section this quote "Inside a minimum of 2 square feet of floor space. Outside, a minimum of 10
    square feet in the run per bird (some say 4 sq. ft., but that's only 2x2,
    and I personally think that's restrictive)."

    We're building our coop this weekend so I need to get this nailed down. I have read everywhere else that the requirements were 4sf/ chicken. But it never defines whether it's indoor or outdoor space. Is the above quote accurate? If so, we can scale back our coop and save some $$!

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated! Please help!:eek: [​IMG]

    Our chicks are growing VERY quickly!
  2. Nemo

    Nemo Songster

    Jul 22, 2008
    N'rn Wisconsin
    A minimum of four sqft in the coop and ten in the run.
  3. Alaskan

    Alaskan The Frosted Flake

    don't scale back, bigger is always better
  4. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    Build it as big as you can stand, you will not regret it and neither will your chickens.

    Personally my chickens have like 8-15 sq ft INDOORS plus more than that outdoors, and I am really uncomfortable with how they act when there's less. At the very least I'd advocate going with what most people here consider appropriate, i.e. 4 sq ft per hen indoors PLUS 6-10 sq ft per hen outdoors.

    Bigger is ALWAYS better. Especially when you realize next year you want more chickens <g>

    Have fun,

  5. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

    Nov 18, 2007
    My Coop
    Bigger is better. I'm making plans right now to build a larger permanent coop. The one I have now is about 8' x 8'. that is built on skids so I can move it around. My run has wheels on to so that it can be moved. Also I move their range area, as I fence in an area for my birds. When I did let them truly free range they demolished my gardens. [​IMG]
  6. chickenchok

    chickenchok Songster

    Sep 6, 2008
    North Carolina
    Thank you for your input so far. How do they act if they have restricted space indoors? I'm very new to this adventure with my first 7 chicks still in the brooder (they're about 1 1/2 weeks old) and we're totally in love with them already.
  7. Alaskan

    Alaskan The Frosted Flake

    feather plucking, cannibalism, disease
  8. amysue2012

    amysue2012 Songster

    Oct 6, 2007
    Montpelier Ohio
    If you love them now just purple chicken says they are evil...they draw you in. You have seven now just wait in a year it will double, triple, or ?

    Go as big as you can you wont regret it.

    I've built two new coops this year for my specialty chickens so they dont cross breed.

    Good Luck... [​IMG]
  9. LocoPollo

    LocoPollo Songster

    Aug 13, 2008
    Ellijay, GA
    I built a little 4 x 6 a couple of months ago and now i am overrun with chickens lol. Needless to say I am looking at an 10 x 12 for my fall project lol.

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