How big of a coop do I need?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by SweetCountryGirl, Mar 19, 2018.

  1. SweetCountryGirl

    SweetCountryGirl In the Brooder

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    How many square feet should a coop be for 8 Maran chickens?
    I haven't had chickens in a while and I need to build a coop. Any suggestions or advice is welcome.
     
  2. The Phantom

    The Phantom I love birds!!!

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    I have 20 bantams and largfowl in a coop that is 4’x4’. They free range and the run is 24’x16’.
     
  3. SweetCountryGirl

    SweetCountryGirl In the Brooder

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    Thank you for your reply
     
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  4. The Phantom

    The Phantom I love birds!!!

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    No problem! :D
     
  5. Smuvers Farm

    Smuvers Farm Melvin Up the Taterhole

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    small chickens can get away with 2-3 square foot of FLOOR space per chicken. Medium/large need a MINIMUM of 4 sq ft of floor space per chicken.
     
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  6. sylviethecochin

    sylviethecochin Free Ranging

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    Especially if you live in a cold area where they'll be cooped up all winter. And ten feet per hen in the run.

    I admit that I don't keep strictly to that (my coop's about ten feet too small for my twenty-three hens) but they have a small outdoor alternative shelter (old dog house) in winter that the pullets tend to prefer so that they can get away from the older hens during the day.
     
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  7. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    Go Bigger than you think, you won't regret it.
    Meanwhile read this article by RR about Space:
    http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/how-much-room-do-chickens-need

    Adding your general location to your profile can really help garner better answers suggestions, most chicken questions are climate dependent.
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  8. R2elk

    R2elk Free Ranger

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    Build the biggest coop and run that you can. Chicken math will get you just like it gets everyone else.
     
  9. I learned that the hard way, The chicken math got me, now I am expanding my coop and expanding the run.
     
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  10. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Crossing the Road

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    Build big. Build walk in. That way, if you find that chickens are really not what you were looking for, you can repurpose your coop to a garden shed. You'll never regret building big, or walk in. But, many many many posters will tell you that they regretted not building a walk in or building big the first time. (myself included) And avoid at all costs: pre fab. Pre fab = Over priced, falsely advertised, poorly designed, poor materials.
     

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