How big should a coop big for 5 chickens road island reds?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by chickens3, May 12, 2009.

  1. chickens3

    chickens3 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have one made the coop is 3ft high by 2 1/2ft wide and 3ft long is that big enough and i have a run i open the run in the day and close it in the night time is that good or what, what do you guys think?
     
  2. LynneP

    LynneP Chillin' With My Peeps

    RIR's become big birds and like to soar. Is there a chance of getting some more overhead room? I suspect they are going to be very cramped and might become aggressive with each other...will they get out every day, even in winter? Is it predator proof? Easy to clean?

    I'd offer a minimum of 8'x8'x8', but I'm sure others will disagree!

    I dunno, I'd want more room for this breed...[​IMG]
     
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  3. chickens3

    chickens3 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The roof is made out of tin and is tight to it so nothing can get in there i am going to have to make there chicken run higher it is only at 2ft right now that is not high enough i tried to tell my dad that 2ft is not high enough for those birds how high should the run be for them the house is not getting bigger becuase it is already made. the run is 4ft long and 3ft wide and 2 ft high.
     
  4. sherrydeanne

    sherrydeanne Chillin' With My Peeps

    You barely have enough room for 2 chicks to be comfy, nowhere near enough for 5.
     
  5. swtamour

    swtamour Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think your coop is too small for 5 RIR. I have 3 RIR and my new coop will be 4ft x 4ft and the run is also 4ft x 4ft. But they get my whole backyard as well. They currently are in a 2ft x 4ft coop and it's tight for them when you factor in the space for the feeder and waterer.
     
  6. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

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    Rhode Island Reds are big chickens, and need lots of room. They may well peck each other badly if they are crowded, mine are very aggressive that way.

    I agree with LynneP, a minimum of 8' x 8', but maybe only 6' high.
     
  7. Davaroo

    Davaroo Poultry Crank

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    As big as you can afford to make it. 5 chickens will never do for long.
     

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