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How many chickens can this coop and run house?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by ndchiks, Jun 3, 2016.

  1. ndchiks

    ndchiks Just Hatched

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    The coop is 30" by 32" and is 40" tall (not including the height of the legs). The run is 32 inches wide by 12 feet long. I have plans to build a bigger coop, but I was just wondering how many chickens this coop could possibly house comfortably.











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  2. QueenMisha

    QueenMisha Queen of the Coop

    I would not put more than 3 in it.
     
  3. amynrichie

    amynrichie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    X2
     
  4. ndchiks

    ndchiks Just Hatched

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    So you think it could house 2?
     
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  5. amynrichie

    amynrichie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    X2 means I agree with the post above mine.
     
  6. ndchiks

    ndchiks Just Hatched

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    ok thank you looks like i'll have to build a bigger coop for my four chicks once they get a little bit bigger
     
  7. amynrichie

    amynrichie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That actually looks like a nice sized grow out pen for a handful of chicks before they move into a bigger coop.
     
  8. ndchiks

    ndchiks Just Hatched

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    Thanks i built it with materials i already had because they out grew my brooder setup so i decided why not make a little mini coop
     
  9. Howard E

    Howard E Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If the key word was "comfortably", then my response would be one or none. It is simply too small for adult birds. An often quoted "standard" is a minimum of 4 SF per bird........and that standard goes back at least 100 years....and was for the house only. Assumption......even then, was birds would be let out into a pen or pasture during the day. And that is interior space.....so for a 4' x 4' coop, use no larger than 1.5" x 1.5" lumber for framing to minimize the area lost to framing. Better still, bump it up to 4' x 6', 4' x 8' or 6' x 6'. Would you believe a 6' x 6' house is over 2x larger than a 4' x 4'? Do the math. It is.


    The good news is that by the looks of it, you have the skills needed to build a bigger one......you just need some decent plans and ideas on what to build. If you have 4 birds, you have some time........but not much.
     
  10. ndchiks

    ndchiks Just Hatched

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    I know that now and i new from the start that this coop wasn't really going to work, but since my birds were outgrowing their brooder i decided to make something up out of scrap materials that wasn't a total eyesore until i got the time and money to build a bigger coop.. hence why i didn't take the time to put egg boxes on it.
     

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