How big do my coops need to be?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by FluffyColor, Jul 10, 2010.

  1. FluffyColor

    FluffyColor Songster

    May 31, 2009
    Queens, NY
    Hi, I was wondering if you guys knew how big my coop needs to be?

    2 chicks already here
    12 Salmon Favorelle eggs coming
    Silkie eggs, originally 24 but I'm getting it lowered to 18
    12 duck eggs (getting a seperate coop)
    Looking for a few pullets
    Maybe some mixed eggs next spring
    and of course those TSC run-ins lol [​IMG] Won't be getting more than 5 ducks, and that's only if less than 7 eggs hatch

    How big should my chicken and duck houses be?

  2. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    You will need multiple large coops.


    4 Sq feet per adult bird.
  3. peterlund

    peterlund Songster

    Jan 29, 2010
    MA Cranberry Country
    Bigger than you think! It looks to me as if you are going down the path to 20 or so birds. I would suggest a closed coop in the size of 8 feet by 14 feet or so, with plenty of height for both YOU to get in and maintain and for enough roosting space so the birds don't have to poop on one another... Then a big enclosed run 3 times the size... I know this because mine is way too small and I have the disease of too many birds. If I had a magic wand mine would be what I describe!
    Good luck and have fun!!!
  4. FluffyColor

    FluffyColor Songster

    May 31, 2009
    Queens, NY
    I heard somewhere that a 12x9 with a 10x16 run would be good for 36 birds, and by the fact that the ducks get their own coop and I am a cruddy hatcher, It seems like I'll have about 25 or so. I'll wait for more answers. I probably need something pretty big for 25 tho.
    Last edited: Jul 10, 2010
  5. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    If you limit yourself to 25 birds, then you'd want at least a 100 sq. ft. coop...a 10 x 10, or maybe 10 x 12 even better!
  6. sunflowerenvy

    sunflowerenvy Songster

    Apr 4, 2010
    south/west tn
    Quote:when i add them all up the chickens 2+12+18= 32 chickens x4 sqft= 128 sq ft the coop should be at least 11x12= 132 sq ft the pen need to be 10 sq per bird 10x32 ft pen
    i presume the duck need the same square ft
  7. FluffyColor

    FluffyColor Songster

    May 31, 2009
    Queens, NY
    Hello, I came to revise the list.

    2 chickens here
    12 Silkie eggs coming
    Hopefully 2 pullets
    3 chicks next spring

    8 pekin duck eggs
  8. Chickenkate17

    Chickenkate17 Songster

    Aug 1, 2010
    Still the same math as before....4 sq ft of coop/bird and 10 sq ft of run/bird

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