I think our coop is too big. Ideas?

Lyranonamous

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When we bought this house it had a coop inside an old barn (concrete floor, real walls, a ventilation window covered with hardware cloth, and two doors) I thought this was great but now looking at coop pictures on BYC I think it's too big and there is no way our chickens can keep themselves at all warm.
The interior is about 12 X 12 (maybe more) and the ceiling is about 6.5 feet. (about 900 cubic feet). That's a lot of space for 10 chickens, and when I see those smaller coops, I realize those chickens are probably much warmer at night than mine. I worry most about my two oldest girls.....The most recent repost on not spoiling our chickens just reinforces my belief. That coop is small enough for those chickens to warm the space at night.
Would it be better for our chickens to make some kind of enclosure around the roosting poles, even if it was just curtains we could close at night?
 

Acre4Me

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More space is always good. They will huddle together for warmth. They wear down jacket all the time, anyway. Is the coop draft free where they roost? If so, they are warm.

Assume there is an additional run/area for them during the day?

Generally, 4sqft per bird in coop, and minimum 10 sqft in a run area is how many look at it. So, if this coop is only where they sleep, you could have 30 chickens!!! Not that you indicated you are looking to expand.

Good luck!
 

WindingRoad

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When we bought this house it had a coop inside an old barn (concrete floor, real walls, a ventilation window covered with hardware cloth, and two doors) I thought this was great but now looking at coop pictures on BYC I think it's too big and there is no way our chickens can keep themselves at all warm.
The interior is about 12 X 12 (maybe more) and the ceiling is about 6.5 feet. (about 900 cubic feet). That's a lot of space for 10 chickens, and when I see those smaller coops, I realize those chickens are probably much warmer at night than mine. I worry most about my two oldest girls.....The most recent repost on not spoiling our chickens just reinforces my belief. That coop is small enough for those chickens to warm the space at night.
Would it be better for our chickens to make some kind of enclosure around the roosting poles, even if it was just curtains we could close at night?
I'm trying to understand here. So you have a space that's large. Good "run" for them. Now put in some nesting boxes, roosts, etc and enclose that; it can be your "coop". The lady I bought my 2 SLW from had a large "shed" like that with about 20 pullets in it. Very high ceiling probably at least 9 ft. And she didn't even have nesting boxes. Or roosts. She was raising to sell the birds. The room seems quite warm. Also she was definitely doing the DLM. (Deep layer of litter. Pine shavings, some DE if you like, some sand as a base. And then PDZ) That helps them stay warm. Chickens are much more hardy than you think. Mine were out one morning at -9F. And it has been below 0 several night this winter. I check their combs in the morning. Cool but not cold. Chickens sit on their feet and put their feathers around the feet to keep them warm. And some will put their heads under their wings. Someone post pics here of that. Cute pics. Remember chickens average body temp is around 106. Or get more birds. LOL
 

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I'm trying to understand here. So you have a space that's large. Good "run" for them. Now put in some nesting boxes, roosts, etc and enclose that a it can be your "coop". The lady I bought my 2 SLW from had a large "shed" like that with about 20 pullets in it. Very high ceiling probably at least 9 ft. And she didn't even have nesting boxes. Or roost. She was raising to sell the birds. The room seems quite warm. Remember chickens average body temp is around 106. Or get more birds. LOL
Right. If you keep the coop draft free, maybe put some straw in there to keep them warm, and give them nest boxes, roosts, etc. they will be glad to have a big coop. There's no such thing as too big a coop--much better than a coop that's too small, where the chickens are cramped and 'bored' or stressed, which leads to pecking.
 

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but now looking at coop pictures on BYC I think it's too big and there is no way our chickens can keep themselves at all warm.
Noooo, it's not too big....
....many coops on BYC are too small and not well ventilated enough.

Post some pics of your coop, inside and out.

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WindingRoad

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Sorry, you do not have a problem here. The space does not get heated by the chickens bodies. They wear a down coat over 105-106 degree bodies. The down keeps the heat in. Lucky you to have a large, pre-built coop to get started with. Enjoy!
Then why is my coop warmer when they are in there. What is warming my coop.
 

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