coop help just a little

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Deviant, Mar 13, 2012.

  1. Deviant

    Deviant Chirping

    Mar 9, 2012
    I don't have a little of money I have been out of work for a year. With that said I have built a coop that is 3x5 and is 4 feet tall. What is the cheapest but still GOOD for the outside of it? And how do I do the roof? Ok you can call me dumb now lol here are a pics of it. I am going to make boxes on both sides for the nest boxes so I want to have 8 of then =) And if anything else is wrong or if you know what else I can do please let me know.... thanks
  2. WI FarmChick

    WI FarmChick Songster

    Feb 22, 2012
    Not sure your coop will hold 8 chickens. Will they have an outside run?

    The rule of thumb is 4 sq ft per bird inside the coop and 10 sq ft per bird in the attached outside run area. (if you need one)

    so for 8 birds you will need 8 birds x 4 sq ft per bird = 32 sq ft for inside coop. your coop would need to be approx 6' x 5.5' = 33 sq
    so if your coop is 3' x 5' = 15 sq ft that size will hold 3 birds nicely.

    10 sq ft per bird x 3 birds = 30 sq ft would be needed for your outside run.
    your run should be approx 6' x 5' = 30sq ft.

    Hope this helps.
    Last edited: Mar 13, 2012
  3. Daisy8s

    Daisy8s Songster

    Sep 12, 2011
    Central Michigan
    Hello, welcome to BYC.

    First, look around this site--there are tons of pictures and descriptions to give you ideas.

    Second, to get things cheap use Craigslist and/or go to building supplies recycling centers like the ones run by Habitat for Humanity. Also check out retailers or lumber yards giving away free pallets--they can be taken apart or used as-is to build a coop and run.

    Third, consider all these factors as you finish building the coop. 1. Ventilation--lots of air flow needed over the chicken's heads to remove ammonia from the air they breathe, but you don't want drafts directly on the chickens. I would raise the height of that coop significantly so you can enter the coop yourself without bending over, and while you're doing that put in open spaces all under the eaves of the roof for ventilation (make the gap from the top of the wall to the roof at least 3-4 inches high and extend it the full length of the two walls that will catch a cross wind the best). Also add some windows that can be opened on hot days as heat is harder on the chickens than the cold.

    2. You don't need a peaked roof like you'd see on a house--you could build a roof that slants in only one direction if that'd be easier to build but you do need some slant to shed water and snow.

    3. Did you mean 8 nesting boxes or 8 chickens? A 3x5 coop only has 15 square feet and if you want 4 sq ft per bird that limits you to about 4 birds. Three or four birds can easily share one nesting box (my five hens often all lay in the same nesting box because they lay at different times of the day). Maximize what space you do have by using hanging feeder/waterer (or putting them outside if this is an option) and mounting the nesting boxes to the outside of the coop so you get the eggs from outside--this'll be necessary anyway if you don't raise the roof.

    4. If you want to raise chickens cheaply then consider using the deep litter method with your own yard clippings and fallen leaves as bedding (read up about this--you need info to do it right). Another way to lower the bottom line is to let them free range for some of their food if you have the land for this. If you want to use the deep litter method then I recommend 5 sq ft per bird while limits you to 3 birds in the coop. Get a high egg producer like the ISA Brown, Red Star, New Hampshire Red, Rhode Island Red or Leghorn to get 2-3 eggs per day from 3 birds.

    5. Final advice: make sure the nesting boxes are lower than the roosts so the birds don't roost in the nesting boxes.

    You can use the search feature on this site to look up specific topics you need info on. Time spent doing that will be well worth the effort before you do any more work on your coop and run. Good luck!
  4. Newbie in Screamer Al

    Newbie in Screamer Al Chirping

    Jan 11, 2011
    Try and get scrap roof metal for sides and roof, and let it hang over the sides for run off. Building supply places sometimes have bent or scratched sheets. You will need ventilation, so perhaps put some small wood blocks around the top before you put on the roof so there is some. You can cut out some of the sides, and frame out hinged windows/ doors for side vents as well. You will not need 8 nest boxes cause you should only have a few birds. 2-3 boxes would be plenty. They will also need a roosting bar somewhere inside. I am guessing you will be free ranging? They will need room to move. Your floor apperars to be partical board, use plenty of shavings to keep the moisture off the wood or it will rot out.
  5. Deviant

    Deviant Chirping

    Mar 9, 2012
    thanks everyone just to let you know so I don't look too dumb LOL. I will have a 12x12 run and the house will be on the outside of it nailed to it that way he coop will not take up room inside the run. Also I was looking at putting vents on the sides that are 4"x6" inch I think they are.

    I have 6 Tetra Tint chicks now now that are about 2 weeks old I think. And I wanted to get a few Wyandottes and a Wyandotte Roo this weekend so they all can grow up together. Is that ok?[​IMG]
  6. Deviant

    Deviant Chirping

    Mar 9, 2012
    O yea and I am going to put Vinyl on the floor for easyer cleaning up

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