How big is your coop?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by louclare, Mar 6, 2011.

  1. louclare

    louclare In the Brooder

    Mar 5, 2011
    We are getting 8 chicks in two weeks, and I'm wondering how big our coop should be.
    What have you done? Thanks!!!
    Last edited: Mar 6, 2011
  2. Chic-n-farmer

    Chic-n-farmer Showers of Blessings

    I went with a 12' x 12' for a dozen layers a few years back. The run is my kids' old play yard which was 50' x 50' before a few additions and adaptions. I like my critters to have lots of room. [​IMG]

    If I knew I was going to be getting into different breeds and bantams (4-H and chicken math) I would have built a divided coop and runs, back then. But I have lots of room for expansion and an understanding husband.

    My next project is in the works. [​IMG]
    Last edited: Mar 6, 2011
  3. RockwaterFarm

    RockwaterFarm Songster

    Feb 17, 2010
    East Hartland, CT
    As they get older they should have at least 1 sq ft of space per bird, less if they have a run or free range. I have 15 chickens in a coop that is only 5ft by 7ft so it doesnt have to be too big. 8 chickens, you should have a 5ft by 4ft coop at least, but always over estimate cause you probably will catch chicken fever like the rest of us and get more. [​IMG]
  4. luvchicks8

    luvchicks8 Songster

    Jul 1, 2009
    new Hampshire
    Mine is also a 12x12 but it is divided for geese one side chickens can go either siide but chose not to for there own good, but do go up to the loft area up top also geese go out all day. Chicken go out half the day in winter all day in sspring and summer.
  5. pontoosuc

    pontoosuc Songster

    Jun 9, 2010
    Richmond, MA
    I believe the rule of thumb for grown chickens is 4 sq ft per bird for inside space and if you have an outdoor run it's 10 sq ft per bird.

    Yes, build bigger since you will probably get more............
  6. dirtsaver

    dirtsaver Songster

    Mar 20, 2010
    Northern Kentucky
    How big is your coop?

    Not nearly big enough!!! We have a 4'x12' and 14 girls. They are fine in it most of the time since they also have a dog kennel run and free range over an acre. It does limit us getting more chicks so we found another home for a few of them to make room for new breeds.
  7. dsqard

    dsqard Crazy "L" Farms

    Jun 11, 2010
    York PA
    8X8 for 8 chickens with more on the way so NOT BIG ENOUGH! [​IMG] If you are allowed to have more chickens where you live, build it BIG! Extra space is good for what you have now and it is easier to add those others that will come along. [​IMG]
  8. Newbie in Screamer Al

    Newbie in Screamer Al Chirping

    Jan 11, 2011
    Yes I ditto this rule too. More peace among em with more room. I have 12 hens and 1 roo (all full sized birds)in an 8x10 coop with a 12x 25 enclosed run.
  9. PartridgeRckgal

    PartridgeRckgal Songster

    Feb 22, 2011
    Ours is 10'x40' (4 connecting pens under 1 roof). We currently have 18 chickens but are getting 38 more the end of March.
  10. oldchickenlady

    oldchickenlady Songster

    May 9, 2010
    Cabot, AR
    Quote:1 square foot is absolutlely NOT enough space! A 4x8 foot coop would be 'sufficient' but an 8x8 coop would give you room for storage or more chickens in the me, you will want more. If you live where you can only have a certain number then 8x8 is still a good size. Allow 10 sq feet per bird in your run. More room means happier healthier chickens.

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