1. Fresh Eggs

    Fresh Eggs Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi all,



    I was wondering if a coop that was 6x6 would be big enough to fit at least 26 standard layers. Also, is linoluim type flooring for a coop better than wood???



    Thanks,


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  2. Chix-in-GA

    Chix-in-GA Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Only my opinion...but that is a bit small for 26 birds.

    even if you went on the low side of 2 sq ft per bird...you would have room for 18.

    Again, only my opinion
     
  3. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Nope, IMO, you need at least a 10x10 coop for that many layers of the heavier breeds. For all bantams, sure, 6x6 might work.
     
  4. Fresh Eggs

    Fresh Eggs Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank You for the opinions, I am open to any ideas. They have a very big run that will be used, so I was thinking only big enough for sleep/ egg laying and the rest of the space in the coop would be outside.
     
  5. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Mine freerange most of every day and I have about 45 in an 8x20 coop. Even then, at 4 sf per bird, it's hard to keep the ammonia down when they have to be inside due to really bad weather. The more crowded, the more ventilation space you need.
     
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  6. TaLani

    TaLani ~ Gemini Chick ~

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    Bryson City, NC
    Agree with all of the above comments as well. I personally wouldn't have anything but linolium on the floor. It's the easiest way to do a quick clean up and disinfect for us anyway.
     
  7. Fresh Eggs

    Fresh Eggs Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do any of you guys know where you can access free coop plans? I cant find any anywhere!
     
  8. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Have you looked at our coops pages on the link above? If you access under Large Coops my own original coop, the Clutch Hutch, there is a link on my page to about six or seven construction photos. That one is a simple design, 8x8. We added 12' later on.


    Very top of the page, Coop Designs.
     
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  9. waynesgarden

    waynesgarden Feathers of Steel

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    You don't say where you're located. A coop that size might work for 26 Florida birds with a large secure run that only need a place to roost and lay eggs. But if they were forced to spend any amount of time indoors during a Maine winter in a coop that size, it would be cruel.

    I'd keep 9 birds in that space here in Maine. And even then, I'd maximize floor space by raising nest boxes high enough they could walk below.

    Wayne
     
  10. Fresh Eggs

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    We live in the bay area.... the coolest temps have frost and rain. We are inland a few miles, about an hour away from the ocean.
     

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