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How many Square feet do I need in the coop?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by snyder11, Apr 18, 2012.

  1. snyder11

    snyder11 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have 4 large chickens and am wondering if I need more square feet inside my coop. This is the current dimensions.
    • Chinese Fir chicken coop holds up to 4 chickens
    • Features 2 access doors and a perch
    • 1 roof section lifts off for easy cleaning
    • Ramp leads to lower caged section
    • Measures 76L x 28.75D x 44.25H inches
    • Exercise pen roof: 37H in., highest point; 24H in. lowest point

    http://www.chickencoopsource.com/chicken-coops/chicken-coops/chickencoopdeluxe.cfm

    Also it gets very cold in the winter here do I need a heat lamp or something in the coop
     
  2. RonC

    RonC Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Generally recomended is 4 sq feet per bird inside and 10 sq feet in the run. Sounds like it's about 1/2 the size you need. If they are going to be confined to the coop in cold weather you might even need to go bigger. Grown chickens can stand pretty cold weather.
     
  3. snyder11

    snyder11 Out Of The Brooder

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    Wish I would have read more before I bought the **** thing! Thanks for the help I read the same thing but wanted others opinions.
     

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