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Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by WisVizsla, May 11, 2010.
I'm new to this I want to start with 6 chickens is a 4X8 foot coop big enough?
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....
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
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
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,
Welcome to BYC!!
Definately start bigger than the minimum required space. Good thing about building your own coop is you can build expandibility into it..
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.
THANKS for all the great input!! Has anyone used a vinyl building as a coop?