How many chickens can my coop comfortably hold?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by RIredlady, Feb 23, 2019.

  1. RIredlady

    RIredlady In the Brooder

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    so we currently have a smaller coop, I’d say 3’x4’x4’.

    It has 4 nesting boxes and is inside a 6x10 dog kennel (for locking up at night).

    We also have an attached run that is roughly 12’x20’ that our chickens are able to roam in during the day unless we allow them to freerange in the yard.

    Currently we have 3 older hens and would like to increase our flock this spring. How many birds do you think would safely fit into the coop at night without overcrowding?

    As stated earlier, they have a large run area they are allowed to roam from dawn til dusk. We are in New England so having them fitting comfortably into the coop for cold nights is important.
     
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  2. DobieLover

    DobieLover Easily distracted by chickens

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    Can you post a picture of your set?
    It sounds like you are already at maximum capacity. Especially for a cold winter climate.
     
  3. A_Fowl_Guy

    A_Fowl_Guy Wildlife Biologist

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    4sqFt per chicken so you are already at maximum.
     
  4. Chick-N-Fun

    Chick-N-Fun Almy Acres Farm

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    Get another coop and attach it to the dog run = more chicks!
     
  5. moniquem

    moniquem Crowing

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    I have a 4x4 and 3 chickens, all are larger breeds. With the winter and them spending lots of time in the coop/run I'm pretty much full! I can't imagine anymore in there.
     
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  6. RIredlady

    RIredlady In the Brooder

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    We had 6 that were in there, unfortunately I had to get rid of the rooster and lost 2 hens to predators.

    We have definitely been considering adding a coop but there’s so many conflicting sizes it’s ridiculous. Tractor supply is selling a coop/run for 18 birds that’s about the size of the one we currently have, hence my confusion.
     

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  7. A_Fowl_Guy

    A_Fowl_Guy Wildlife Biologist

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    Prefab are always wrong on their size for birds.
     
  8. rosemarythyme

    rosemarythyme Crowing

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    Your run can hold a few more birds so if you can upsize the coop, you can increase the flock size a little.

    Unfortunately prefabs are often unrealistic about how many birds they can hold. Not sure how many chickens you'd like to have total, but assuming you're not handy a premade shed would be a better option, or recycling a used portable shed or playhouse or something similar to that.
     
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  9. RIredlady

    RIredlady In the Brooder

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    I’m actually pretty handy, I just didn’t want to put effort out if I didn’t need to (the home projects are endless)

    I appreciate everyone’s input. I’m going to have to start drawing up plans and getting what I need to build a larger coop.
     
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