I want to hear your thoughts on....COOP SIZE

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by tx203grower, Jul 31, 2013.

  1. tx203grower

    tx203grower Out Of The Brooder

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    I currently have a flock of 8 hens, and I am looking to get at least 8 more come next spring. Between now and then I would like to begin planning my next coop project. As of now I have an 8 foot long x 4 foot wide x 4 foot tall tractor coop I built, and from what I understand is good for 6-8 hens. I am looking to build a new coop, preferably a tractor type if possible, to accommodate 15-20 birds. Minimally, how large will it need to be? I am only beginning my planning now, and I am looking to hear all ideas and thoughts on this matter.

    The picture below is of my current coop. I am hoping I can come up with a larger and improved version to house 15-20 hens, if not more.

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    Again, I am looking to hear all thoughts and ideas, however the main question remains:

    What size coop do I need to house 15-20 birds comfortably?

    Thanks!
     
  2. sarahsunshine

    sarahsunshine Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I’m told the general target is 1-2’ coop space, and 4-5sqft for the run… minimum. So if you can figure out how to combine coop space (high), and have run underneath, you could have a smaller tractor, and presumably lighter.

    4-5sqft/hen at 20 hens means 80-100sqft outdoors, and 20-40sqft inside. I don’t see this being a movable tractor unless you put wheels on it!

    I don’t know much about your situation, but I know others who make a coop (not movable), or rarely movable, and a run out of electric chicken fencing. They can then move the run in pie-type shapes with easy electric fence posts daily/weekly (whatever you are doing), but not the coop, and only move the coop every week or two. Is that a possibility?

    I am thinking about making a portable coop out of an old wagon/trailer, and then using electric chicken netting on a solar charger. Next year’s project!
     
  3. tx203grower

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    Yea, that could be a possibility. I do like the tractor type, that's pretty much the reason I made the post. I want to see what kind of ideas I can group together and figure something out. I have seen similar to mine without the handles and a sort of hitch instead. This would allow the coop to be moved in similar fashion using a sitting lawnmower or ATV. This is the design phase, and time is actually on my side. I don't plan on building until the spring. I'm sure I can get something drawn up between now and then, especially with ideas from folks like yourself. Thanks!
     
  4. sarahsunshine

    sarahsunshine Chillin' With My Peeps

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