Hubby and I dissagree on coop size...

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Balboaroc, Feb 3, 2009.

  1. Balboaroc

    Balboaroc In the Brooder

    Feb 2, 2009
    Carroll County, MD
    So we are in the planning stages of all of this and really would like to have our coop done in the next 2 months or so. To save money and a bit of time I looked online at good ol' Craigslist for sheds or coops.

    I found one that is the "little barn" style and is a 6x6. Great price and in near perfect condition. Has a full size door in the front and I figured we could cut a chicken size door out the other size (with access to a run we will build). Also put the nesting boxes on one side, roost on the other. He thinks this is way too small and is looking for something along the lines of at least 10x10. I'm not opposed I'm just thinking here is a great deal and chickens don't need quite that much room. I mean if we can find something used and save the time of building from scratch why not?

    We are only planning on getting about 8 chickens max and most likely won't have a Rooster. Would the little barn sheds work? I can't see why it wouldn't....


  2. coffeemama

    coffeemama Barista Queen

    Mar 5, 2008
    The little one will work fine for that many hens as long as you have ample run or free range. [​IMG]

    I think....anyone have those chicken space calculations?
    Last edited: Feb 3, 2009
  3. cluckychick

    cluckychick Songster

    Mar 29, 2008
    South of KCMO
    You have to figure 4sqft per chicken in your house. I would go with hubby, bigger is always better [​IMG]

    If you say max, double it. I said 5 max and now I have like 25 [​IMG]
  4. allen wranch

    allen wranch Crowing Premium Member

    Jan 11, 2007
    San Marcos, TX
    That's right. Always build bigger than you think you need.

    You will ALWAYS get more chickens eventually.
  5. Mojo Chick'n

    Mojo Chick'n Empress of Chickenville

    I was looking for a small coop for my first chicken experiment - hubby insisted on the 8x12 we have now - then as time went on, he built me three more coops -

    go with the bigger coop - your hubby is right on this one [​IMG]

  6. Balboaroc

    Balboaroc In the Brooder

    Feb 2, 2009
    Carroll County, MD
    Thanks guys! Yeah I'm worried about my potential chicken addition. At first we said no way, no rooster. Now we keep "thinking" about it LOL. I'm sure by the time this is over we'll probably end up with one.[​IMG]
  7. Indiana hens

    Indiana hens Songster

    Jun 25, 2008
    Pendleton, Indiana
    Definitely too small. I figured that 20x 40 is plenty!LOL! No I am serious!
  8. B. Saffles Farms

    B. Saffles Farms Mr. Yappy Chickenizer

    Nov 23, 2008
    Madisonville, TN
    Technically, the 6x6 is plenty big enough, for 8 chickens. It gives them 4.5 sq ft per bird. But like many of the other have said, you almost always end up wanting more. [​IMG]
  9. mom'sfolly

    mom'sfolly Crowing

    Feb 15, 2007
    Austin area, Texas
    Get the 6x6 coop. Use it for your first batch of chickens. Get the 10 X10 coop use it for more chickens. Convert the 6x6 coop into aq brooder coop or breeding coop. This will happen, unless you have limited space, like I do. Just accept it and go with the flow. We will all be here to help to, all you need to do is go to the breed threads and you will learn......

  10. Indiana hens

    Indiana hens Songster

    Jun 25, 2008
    Pendleton, Indiana
    [​IMG] Ok, 6x6. [​IMG] [​IMG]

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