"Garden coop" question

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

  1. mama2my4

    mama2my4 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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.

    Thanks!
     
  2. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

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    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

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    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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