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how many chickens can i have...?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by painful100, Apr 28, 2012.

  1. painful100

    painful100 New Egg

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    I just got a coop today. Its a bit dirty, and I plan to clean it out very well, but its solid and pretty cool I think. It measures 4'2 long by 2'10 inches wide. What do you guys think? How many chickens can I have? Thanks (PS I plan learn a lot and get prepared before jumping in. Going to make some adjustments to this coop, make the top able to lift off so i can clean better. And how does the ventilation look? Thanks peeps






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  2. bj taylor

    bj taylor Chillin' With My Peeps

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    looks like a coop for two. it'll be real cute when you get it all fixed up. i can't tell about the ventilation
     
  3. Fleabuskitty

    Fleabuskitty Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It is approximately 12 square feet. If you are going to free-range or will have a run with >10 square feet per bird, then that will work for up to 6 chickens (they will have 2 square feet each because they will only use it for sleeping. However, if you will have a smaller run (<6 feet each), you might want to give them more space inside and therefore have only 3 (4 square feet each in there).
     
  4. painful100

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    I was hoping to make a large run that I can walk inside, and to free range them around my property. I would love to be able to have 4-6 if you guys think that would be humane.
     
  5. perchie.girl

    perchie.girl Desert Dweller Premium Member


    Looks good and very sturdy. Small is OK if thats only the place they roost. Its A very good start... [​IMG]

    Um Oh and welcome to.....[​IMG] from San Diego.

    hee hee.

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  6. painful100

    painful100 New Egg

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    Thank you kindly....im sure ill be back with many questions.
     
  7. Fleabuskitty

    Fleabuskitty Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If they'll have a large run and free-range, 4-6 would be perfect [​IMG]
     
  8. ScottM

    ScottM Chillin' With My Peeps

    Also plan for roosting space, I've heard ten inches a bird is tight, a foot each would be best.
     
  9. painful100

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    was thinking I would put 2 roost sticks across, one higher than the other. You can see the coop is slanted so one can be raised slightly. 3 birds per stick should be enough, right?
     
  10. Fleabuskitty

    Fleabuskitty Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I personally try not to have roosts directly above each other, chickens poop a lot at night and bathing poop-covered chickens is not fun [​IMG]
    But if they are at an angle where that can't happen, two should be fine - if each is four feet long that gives them each a little over a foot of roost space.
     

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