Coop Size? (13-15 pullets)

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Heckel's Hens, Jan 26, 2011.

  1. Heckel's Hens

    Heckel's Hens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 23, 2011
    Southern VA

    How many nesting boxes?
    We live in Southern VA...moderate weather.
    How big for coop? For run?

    This advice on here is unparallel! THANK YOU! [​IMG]
  2. kelseygirl707

    kelseygirl707 Dances with Chickens

    Mar 3, 2009
    Lakeport, Ca.
    Rule of thumb is usually 4 sq ft of coop space per Large Fowl bird, 2 sq ft per Banty for the coop, and 10 sq feet of run per bird.

    So 6x10 coop at least?
    and I guess 10x15 Run.

    No Idea how many nesting boxes though.
  3. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    That is some peoples' rule of thumb, although it is usually cited as a MINIMUM not as an optimum target.

    Other people have different rules of thumb.

    A whoooole lot depends on what your goals/standards/philosophies are. Your climate matters somewhat too.

    If you are in the more-coastal part of southern VA you are close to being plausible for "roosting space only" if you really, really wanted to... although it would require you to have a good big safe hygeinic interesting place for them to spend their daytime hours, preferably with lots of shade for summer and at least partly roofed for rainy days.

    Note that in my experience (and I am talking about normal circumstances here, NOT having chickens shut up in coop if you think the weather is too bad) they really do behave DIFFERENTLY at 4 sq ft apiece (plus run) than at larger allowances like 10-15 sq ft apiece (plus run). How much this matters to you will differ among people of course.

    I wouldn't suggest less than 8 sq ft per chicken in the run, and lots more is lots better (although there is obviously a tradeoff between size of run and how predatorproof you can make it, not to mention price)

    Good luck, have fun,

  4. farmer_lew

    farmer_lew Hi-Tech Redneck

    Jun 29, 2010
    In the hills
    Due to "chicken math" I say go BIG! It is better, IMO, to have more space than you think you'll need. And remember to make the coop big enough for you to get in so you can clean it. I hear that one of the biggest regrets people have is that they made their coops too small, and forgot to make it easy for them to clean.

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