1. WisVizsla

    WisVizsla Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm new to this I want to start with 6 chickens is a 4X8 foot coop big enough?
     
  2. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    First off, welcome to BYC!

    You need 4sq feet per bird so you have plenty of room for 8 chickens.

    But if you want advise, most of us here would tell you to build an 8 X 10 or a 12 X 12 coop.

    ... you'll want more....[​IMG]
     
  3. SuziQ991

    SuziQ991 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yep, last August I started with 6 chickens and a 4x8 coop. Now we are getting ready to build a 10x10. So you might as well build a bigger one now:lol:
     
  4. CoyoteMagic

    CoyoteMagic RIP ?-2014

    Yup build as big as you can. I started out with 4. I currently have 26! There were others but they have found there home some place else, lol.



    Oh yeah, this doesn't include the Quail
     
  5. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

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    Another consideration is that if the "Wis" in your name indicates dealing with Wisconsin winters, a larger rather than smaller coop is DEFINITELY better -- easier to ventilate without drafts, less chance of chickens getting stir-crazy and cannibalistic, and so forth.

    Good luck, have fun,

    Pat
     
  6. WV_Hillbilly70

    WV_Hillbilly70 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Welcome to BYC!![​IMG]

    Definately start bigger than the minimum required space. Good thing about building your own coop is you can build expandibility into it..
     
  7. Prospector

    Prospector Chillin' With My Peeps

    Another note - the experts here say 4 sq ft per bird of interior space plus 10 sq ft per bird of yard. That is big enough for a coop, but you will need a run as well.
     
  8. WisVizsla

    WisVizsla Out Of The Brooder

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    THANKS for all the great input!! Has anyone used a vinyl building as a coop?
     

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