"Garden coop" question

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by mama2my4, Mar 26, 2012.

  1. mama2my4

    mama2my4 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 8, 2012
    Julian, PA
    Have you built one? The plans say it is good for up to 8 hens. How accurate do you think that is? We are planning on attaching the nesting boxes going outside, so that will help right?

    Trying to figure it out, because I cannot tell my hubby he needs to build two.... Expanding the run would be a good option for us though, if need be.

  2. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    From what I've seen, I would not put more than half the advertised number of chickens in ready made coops.
  3. CSWolffe

    CSWolffe Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 2, 2011
    Salt Lake City
    I would suggest only putting three, maybe four hens in that space. And I would still suggest letting them out to forage for a few hours every evening. I have a much bigger coop, with a run about that size, and my girls got bored over the winter and began plucking each others feathers out. I had to double the size of the run AND let them range about the yard every evening. I'm glad I did, my girls are much happier now.

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