Hello all coop question

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by kthysmth65, Apr 2, 2017.

  1. kthysmth65

    kthysmth65 New Egg

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    I have 7 little ones still in the house and I'm looking at,a very nice hand made 3ft x 4ft coop with 4 nest boxes I have a 10 x 16 run will this coop be ok for housing and winter care
     
  2. Pyxis

    Pyxis Dark Sider Premium Member

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    That coop would be too small. You need 4 square feet per bird in your coop. So for seven birds you need a minimum of 28 square feet. This coop only has 12 square feet. It could only hold 3 chickens.
     
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  3. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    wamtazlady Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have to agree with Pyxis. That coop is way too small. For 7 chickens you'd need just 2 nesting boxes. They try to make those coops you buy at the store appear to be great with all those nesting boxes. I bought a coop at the local feed store at the beginning. Quickly realize it would not do for winter as it was too small and lacked ventilation to keep moisture from pooing and breathing out of the coop. A friend graciously supplied the labor to build a coop for me.

    Welcome to BYC!!!
     
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  5. kthysmth65

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    That was an excellent quite informative article thank you
     
  7. ninjawesome

    ninjawesome Currently being awesome Premium Member

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    Hello and [​IMG]! That'd probably be too many nesting boxes and too little interior space.
     
  8. N F C

    N F C doo be doo be doo Premium Member

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    I hope you can figure out a way of increasing your coop size.

    Best of luck!
     
  9. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams Premium Member

    G’Day from down under kthysmth65 [​IMG] Welcome!

    As you have already received some great advice, I will just wish you all the best.

    I hope you enjoy being a BYC member. There are lots of friendly and very helpful folks here so not only is it overflowing with useful information it is also a great place to make friends and have some fun.

    If you would like to share pictures and stories of your flock, you have come to the right place. BYC’ers never tire of these and do not back away slowly or commence eye rolling when the photo album or home videos come out [​IMG]
     
  10. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Welcome to Backyard chickens. Even if you have identical nest boxes, the hens usually prefer one or two- and will wait in line to use them. If they can't wait, they will often climb in on top of the present occupant and lay an egg on her. That's chickens for you [​IMG]
     

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