Help with sizing of hen house

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by rocketdoctor, Jan 22, 2015.

  1. rocketdoctor

    rocketdoctor Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a coup that is surrounded on 2 sides by a 3 foot retaining wall. Im going to put a hen house on top of the retaining wall that the chickens will walk up a ladder to. Im going to have two roosting poles in it, the question is how far above should I put the roof over the highest roost? is 3 ft enough, would 2 ft work?
     
  2. dheltzel

    dheltzel Overrun With Chickens

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    2 ft about the top roost is fine. I've made it even closer, especially if the roof slopes up so their heads are not in the very top.
     
  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    The higher over the roost the roof, and it's ventilation, is..... the better.
    Especially if you live in a cold climate.
     
  4. rocketdoctor

    rocketdoctor Out Of The Brooder

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    No live in California so never very cold but it does get hot . I am going to have one side of the hen house thats sheilded from the wind , Hardwire mesh to allow for adequate ventalation during summer
     
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  5. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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  6. cajun larry

    cajun larry New Egg

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    Hi I'm a new comer to this always wanted chickens for fresh eggs n meat i just moved to a place where we can have them I'm planning on havein bout 12 hens n 1 rooster my plans for my coop n run da coop will be 5x10 and bout 8' tall my run will be 10x15 and 8'tall will DAT be big enough for 12 hens n 1 rooster tyvm. Cajun Larry
     

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