How big of a coop and how much would it cost?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by CubanRooster, Mar 14, 2012.

  1. CubanRooster

    CubanRooster Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello! I was wondering is it cheaper to buy a store bought coop or build one yourself? also how big would a coop need to be and how many nesting boxes for the eggs would I need for around 5 hens? Thank you [​IMG]
     
  2. brahmabreeder

    brahmabreeder Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Build your own! Most store bought ones are garbage. For five standard hens I would give them 3 sq. feet per bird. I would guess two or three nesting boxes would work fine. Make your coop bigger than needed in case you want to add more chickens later.
     
  3. maizy'smom

    maizy'smom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ditto. If I could make that double-bold and #48 font, I still couldn't stress that point enough! I planned very precisely for my four girls, and now I am seriously craving some blue/green or chocolate egg layers, but have no where to put them! Build it bigger now, and save yourself the regrets later!

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  4. CubanRooster

    CubanRooster Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you so much! :) sounds like a plan then...I agree with the making it bigger first because that is true...I may want to add more later. [​IMG][​IMG]
     
  5. horseshowmomnv

    horseshowmomnv Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Build it yourself, but allow plenty of time to get it done. It is cheaper than buying one, but still expensive if you use new lumber and materials. Alot of people are very resourceful here and have found second hand materials... that can save alot of $$$$.
     
  6. 92Pony

    92Pony Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'll second what everyone else has said 100%.

    Build it yourself = much cheaper.

    Go way bigger than you think you need. I built one coop/run for 5 hens. I added on two more coop/runs, and now (counting biddies), I have 19..... (And I'm setting more in the bator this weekend! [​IMG][​IMG] ).

    Good luck, and welcome to the addiction!
     
  7. brahmabreeder

    brahmabreeder Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I started with five birds and in a month I was up to ten! The most i have had at one time is about 100 now I'm down to 50. So definetly build bigger than you think.
     

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