In the Brooder
- Oct 30, 2012
Hello All...Great site here with lots of information. I am planning to build a chicken coop and get some chickens in the very near future. One question i have is with the size. i have read that they need 4sqft per chicken. thats going to be a much bigger coop then i originally thought i would need from others i have seen. i plan to get 5 hens and a rooster to start with the possibility of ending up with 10 hens and 1 rooster...no more then that. so that tells me i need 44 sqft coop. i was hoping to get by with something quite smaller then that. more like 4x4 which would only be 16 sqft but i guess i could go 6x6. just trying to keep the cost down. also i will have a good size run. probably 10x20. also i live in the florida panhandle so i dont have the harsh winters like up north and plan to have part of the run covered so even on rainy days the hens will be able to come outside. thanks for any and all suggestions!!!