1. Jmurcks

    Jmurcks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 30, 2009
    North Alabama
    I have a question...
    I know the general rule of 3-4 sq. foot per chicken but what about head room?
    I mean obviously tall enough for them to stand in but it seems something really tall would be wasted space...
  2. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    I love being able to stand up in my coop.
  3. feathersnuggles

    feathersnuggles Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 4, 2009
    For roosting at night - they feel safe up higher.

    And I agree, being able to stand up in the coop - especially when it's raining outside - is really nice!
  4. chookchick

    chookchick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 18, 2008
    Olympia WA
    Well you can make a coop that is only 2' high, with a roost only 4" off the floor. But I tell you, it is a pain in the neck to clean. I would only make it that small if it is a "baby" or quarantine coop for a couple of birds. (Mine is 4 by 4 by 2')
  5. Ernie

    Ernie Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 19, 2009
    Seattle, WA
    I agree, our temporary coop was only 2' high and was a big pain to clean, and seemed confined for the chickens. I love being able to stand up inside our new coop and I can definitely tell that our girls are happier with more room to roam (vertically and horizontally).
  6. The Chicken People

    The Chicken People Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 4, 2009
    Smithville, Mo
    I Love being able to stand in my coop and love the girls! Their run is just as tall!
  7. Sammimom

    Sammimom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 29, 2009
    My husband and I are both tall, and I have lower back "issues," so it is wonderful to stand up and be at eye level with the chickens, and have minimal bending for cleaning.
  8. Enchanted Sunrise Farms

    Enchanted Sunrise Farms Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 26, 2007
    Fair Oaks, California
    i made the mistake of putting up a 4' tall kennel pen, thinking that it would be fine as the chickens are short. But . . . i'm not. It was awkward and uncomfortable trying to get inside to open and close the coop door every day. Then when i had a bout of sciatica, i thought i would die trying to maneuver myself in there. i ended up adding onto the top and spent more money than i would have had i bought a 6' tall kennel in the first place.
  9. jacyjones

    jacyjones Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 9, 2008
    Aberystwyth, Wales
    Our first chicken shed was about 4' tall and was very difficult to clean. When we replaced it our priority was to get one we could stand up in and it makes life so much easier!!
  10. Ldyjarhead

    Ldyjarhead Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 11, 2009
    South/Central OH
    Quote:Newbie here that doesn't even have chickens yet, but don't you need to consider roost height as compared to ventilation area? If the height of the coop isn't tall enough for the roost to keep them away from the draft of ventilation, it would need to be taller.

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