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Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Demeter, Mar 5, 2009.

  1. Demeter

    Demeter In the Brooder

    Mar 4, 2009
    Is a place where ducks live still called a coop?
    Also, how big would a coop have to be to comfortably house 8 chickens in super snowy New England have to be? (free range)

  2. digitS'

    digitS' Songster

    Dec 12, 2007
    ID/WA border
    Actually, the entire enclosed area can be called a coop. That would be pen and all. Sometimes, the coop is a very informal affair and the birds are only confined within it for short periods of time.

    I think that a "duckhouse" must have a special name - somewhere amongst some people. I can't think of what it would be. But, since a "coop" lacks much definition, it seems to me that a coop could house most anything.

    Your hens in New England would be confined thru much of Winter, 4 square feet per chicken would probably be an absolute minimum. So, 8 chickens would need at least 32 square feet. Anything larger than 4' by 8', should work.


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    Last edited: Mar 6, 2009

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