help me with a coop design

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by redsoxrule, May 31, 2007.

  1. redsoxrule

    redsoxrule Chirping

    May 31, 2007
    i live in an area where i shouldn't put up (any more) large buildings. (such as a chicken run) any suggestions or is putting up a run the only option?

  2. AK-Bird-brain

    AK-Bird-brain I gots Duckies!

    May 7, 2007
    Sterling, Alaska
    I'd build it to look like a childs play house. then if anyone asks you can tell them its the kids play house
  3. BeckyLa

    BeckyLa Songster

    Jan 11, 2007
    N. Louisiana
    A large chicken coop is not the only option depending on how many chickens you have. They should have 4 sq ft per bird in the coop so decide how big a coop you can get away with and get the number of birds it would comfortably hold. Nooo problem.........
  4. WoodlandWoman

    WoodlandWoman Crowing

    May 8, 2007
    Limiting the number of chickens you get is an excellent idea. You might want to also look into chicken tractors, small portable coop/run combinations.

    There are two main schools of thought on coops and runs. You can build them big, so there is head room for you to walk in to service them or you can build them small, with only enough head room for the chickens and add service doors that you reach through, to service them.

    For small coop designs, you need to be able to reach in to collect eggs from a nest, add food and water, plus clean out the litter. You also need to think about if you need a door in the run, for the chickens to come out and run around.

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