I need help!!!!

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by rockabilly7, Feb 18, 2009.

  1. rockabilly7

    rockabilly7 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Dec 30, 2008
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    Okay so I have a small flock 1 roo and 4 hens but for valentines day i got 5 cute little chicks problem is i dont think my coop or run can handle 5 more hens!!!! My coop is about 3 feet by 4 feet and lifted about another 6 inches off the ground it fits all 5 of my chickens perfect (they only go in at night, they even have the option to come out when it rains) and my run is about 6 feet high and about 7 feet long by 7 feet wide. and my coop is kept inside that so some room is taken up. But my question is if i wanted to add 5 more hens how much bigger do I need to make my run and coop??? Please someone help!!!
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  2. CityClucks

    CityClucks The Center of a 50 Mile Radius

    Jan 31, 2009
    Tulsa, OK
    From what I've read here and elsewhere, your clucks need at least 4 feet per cluck inside to roost, etc. Your run should give each cluck 7-10 feet (floor space) to scratch around, etc.

    So your current outside 7' x 7' run gives you 49' of floor space - for 10 clucks that only gives you 4.9' per bird - you want more there.

    Inside you'll need to expand or add enough for your new 5 clucks - since your current coop is adequate for your 4 grown clucks and they only roost there, adding that much room again might work - but others will know better than I about that. You'll want to take into account how big your new clucks will be when grown.
     
  3. LynneP

    LynneP Chillin' With My Peeps

    ...and you'd be wiser not mixing new birds with old to prevent disease...nice chance to build another coop. Do you have harsh winters? If so I'd allow more than 4 sq feet- some of us in harsh regions allow up to 15 sq ft per bird because of having to be indoors sometimes in bitter temos.
     

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