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Hi From Maine!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by MaineDavie, Mar 9, 2013.

  1. MaineDavie

    MaineDavie Just Hatched

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    Hi Everyone!

    My wife and I live in southern Maine and are starting our first coop this spring! We are super excited and hope to learn a ton before the snow melts. My biggest question is how big a coop needs to be...we only want around 3 chickens, and I've seen some really small coops. Are small coops mean?

    Thanks everyone!

    Dave and Erin
     
  2. Pyxis

    Pyxis Dark Sider Premium Member

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    :welcome! You'll love chickens! The rule of thumb for coop size is four square feet of space per bird in a coop, so if you got three birds, your coop would have to be at least 12 square feet. Don't forget that if you build them a run, you have to have ten square feet of run space per bird too!
     
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  3. MaineDavie

    MaineDavie Just Hatched

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    Awesome, thanks!

    I was looking at a coop at Tractor Supply and was thinking about buying it...But, there's another side of my who wants to build one.

    The house we rent came with a large barn in our back yard, it has a fenced in area for chickens - I think it was a coop once...but I am not a big fan of it because we cannot see the chickens from the house. Maybe I'm fantasizing but I want to be able to walk onto my back deck and see my coup...and hopefully - walk down with my coffee and chat it up with my chickens. I'll probably be the crazy chicken guy - but I'm totally fine with that!

    Maybe I will buy a coop and build a run. We have a large back yard.

    Thank you and if you have any suggestions I'd love to hear them!

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  4. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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  5. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    Greetings from Kansas, Dave and Erin, and [​IMG]! Great to have you here! I agree with Pyxis - bigger coops are better (if you want to add chickens later) but if you have a large run, the coop really only has to be large enough for roosting at night and nest boxes (with three hens you only need one box). Good luck to you and enjoy your birds!!
     
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  6. Mr MKK FARMS

    Mr MKK FARMS Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC!! [​IMG] Glad you joined us!! [​IMG]
     
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  7. liz9910

    liz9910 Overrun With Chickens

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  8. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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  9. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    Hello and welcome to BYC [​IMG] Glad you joined us!
     
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  10. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Good luck setting up your coop and flock - welcome to BYC.
     
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