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Coop Question: Size

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Chica Lady, Apr 6, 2012.

  1. Chica Lady

    Chica Lady Songster

    Mar 31, 2012
    Taylors, SC
    I have 2 grown chickens and 7 chicks. I would like to make one coop. How big do I need to make the coop? Also, the chicks are two weeks old now. When will they need to go outside?

  2. Judy

    Judy Crowing Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    They can go outside in a few weeks -- it depends on the weather and your setup -- but you'll probably need to keep them separate from the grown chickens til they are about the same size.

    You don't need much of a coop in the south. To them, it never gets cold here -- but it does get awfully hot, even enough to kill them without good air movement, lots of water, lots of breeze and shade. I'll give you a link to some coop ideas for this climate, and a great post (#8) about space. The truth is, the "old timers" where I live just build a pen, weigh down a sheet of plywood on the top, and call it a chicken yard. Kind of rough for them when it's raining, and not much protection to keep the feed dry, but a three sided coop facing the right direction is fine.



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