Coop question? Don't want them to be squished.

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by My chicken is cuter, Mar 2, 2009.

  1. My chicken is cuter

    My chicken is cuter Songster

    Jan 6, 2009
    Houston, TX
    My main coop thing has a 2x6 coop with a 6x10 run how many will fit in there? They only go in the coop at night to sleep because it get hot where I live.

    I also have a grow out Pen (open air) so it has no coop. (Actually I do have a small dog house thing that I could put in it but that would take up some of their space.) The pen is 5x5 how many will fit Humanely, because someone said I could fit six, at 4sq per chicken, but I put 4 of my hens in there to graze and it already looked squished. I don't want them to peck each other. I was thinking maybe 4 until 2 of them are big enough to go in the main coop. And I could leave the other two in there permanently, or until I sell them if i decide to (with a coop of course).

    Will this work?
    Thanks in advance![​IMG]
  2. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    if they are truly only in there at night, and have plenty of shade and rainy-day areas and so forth that they will use outside, 6 chickens would give you 2 sq ft per chicken, 9 would give you 1.5. However, probalby the most important thing is just having enough linear length of roost space that they can sort themselves out however they want, meaning that . Since a 2x6 coop really only has room for 1 lengthwise roost, I'd personally not put more than 6 in there. There is mechanically room for a few more but it depends how well they get along, you know?

    5x5 isn't a lot of room if that's their TOTAL room -- I'm with you, 4 would be a bit tight already, I wouldn't want to put more than that in there. You probably *could* but it's not as nice for the chickens and gets riskier in terms of undesirable behavior.

    Good luck, have fun, wishing I had your temperatures right now [​IMG],

  3. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Free Ranging

    Feb 2, 2009
    Southeast Louisiana
    I agree with Pat, not more than 6 in the coop if they are full sized chickens. Banty's could be a little tighter. I've lived in the Houston area (Sugarland) and it gets hot there and never gets cold enough for chickens to worry about. Chickens give off a lot of heat. They need a little room to spread out on your hot summer nights. And make sure it is very well-ventilated.

    In the 5 x 5 growout pen, since they are young birds they need less space. I still would not put more than 4 and watch for pecking and cannibalism. I would put the dog house in to give them a place to get out of the rain and give some shade if they don't already have that. And don't be surprised if the roost on top of the dog house. Young birds of even big breeds can fly surprisingly well. You might want to cover the pen so they don't use the dog house as a launch pad to fly the coop.
  4. My chicken is cuter

    My chicken is cuter Songster

    Jan 6, 2009
    Houston, TX
    Thanks for the info. There is a wire roof on a little more than half, and the rest is covered with roofing material , there will also be a roost.

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