im turning my shed into a chicken coop

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by testrechupacabre, Aug 23, 2010.

  1. testrechupacabre

    testrechupacabre Out Of The Brooder

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    Do i have to add a window if i plan to leave the coop doors open all day?
    secondly...
    I have 22 hens but the shed is 5' by 10'
    is that enough room if their run is approx 1/2 an acre?
     
  2. Cloverleaf Farm

    Cloverleaf Farm Bearded Birds are Best

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    Will you be closing them up at night? If so, then yes you need a window, and no that isn't big enough. Also, if you have bad winters that isn't big enough if you might have to close them up for a big storm or something. If you have decent weather all year long, and you don't lock them up at night, then that's plenty of room.
     
  3. rebecky1305

    rebecky1305 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If they are going to be using it mostly for roosting, and won't be in it all the time, then make sure there is enough roost space for that many chickens. I think a window would be great even if the doors are open most of the time. My chickens like to sit on the roosts and look out.
     
  4. Gallo del Cielo

    Gallo del Cielo La Gallina Resort & Spa

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    Hello testrechupacabre, first off, [​IMG]. The rule of thumb is that you need 4 square foot per bird of coop space and 10 square foot per bird of run space. You need more ventilation than you think. Opening the door wont be enough. Check out the following link for a thorough discussion on ventilation: https://www.backyardchickens.com/web/viewblog.php?id=1642-VENTILATION Good luck! Post pics of your shed and we can give more specific comments.
     
  5. ducks4you

    ducks4you Chillin' With My Peeps

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  6. testrechupacabre

    testrechupacabre Out Of The Brooder

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    I live in PA. so really the winter weather can be awful like this past winter or it could be almost snowless. Well thank you for the response even though their are differing opinions. now the shed has brick walls and it is built into the ground but the V shaped roof is wood so i believe i can cut into it. Thanks again
     
  7. testrechupacabre

    testrechupacabre Out Of The Brooder

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    Oh i feel silly.[​IMG] my shed is 10' x 10'... 9' x 9' on the inside and about 10' high.
    I will post pics of the shed tomar It still has some junk inside but all of that is going to a junkyard
    since it is 81 sq ft it will support about 20 chickens
    Do I have to get rid of 2 of my babies?[​IMG] or does 2 more not make that much of a difference?[​IMG]
     
  8. sunflowerenvy

    sunflowerenvy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:if your coop is 10x10= 100 sq ft /4 stand size =25 chicken

    9x9 =81 sq ft/4 standard = 20 .25chicken

    10x22= 220sq ft for your pen your run is great size

    your would have give a lot of ventilation at least 1 sq ft per bird in a coop

    also where u live you would need to keep the water n food inside during the winter months
    u will need to add nest boxes in the coop 1 nest box/ 4 birds so if u keep 20 birds than u need 5 nest boxes and they can be 2ft off the floor
    the roost should be 2x4 and have the 4 inch flat side up so the chicken can roost on their feet so frost bite on their feet.

    if i had 9x9 shed i would only keep 18 birds in there comfortably .
    laura
     
  9. testrechupacabre

    testrechupacabre Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:if your coop is 10x10= 100 sq ft /4 stand size =25 chicken

    9x9 =81 sq ft/4 standard = 20 .25chicken

    10x22= 220sq ft for your pen your run is great size

    your would have give a lot of ventilation at least 1 sq ft per bird in a coop

    also where u live you would need to keep the water n food inside during the winter months
    u will need to add nest boxes in the coop 1 nest box/ 4 birds so if u keep 20 birds than u need 5 nest boxes and they can be 2ft off the floor
    the roost should be 2x4 and have the 4 inch flat side up so the chicken can roost on their feet so frost bite on their feet.

    if i had 9x9 shed i would only keep 18 birds in there comfortably .
    laura

    Thats alot of help. I might sell a few so then they have a little more room.
     
  10. ducks4you

    ducks4you Chillin' With My Peeps

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    300#'s of feed in your feeder? You've gotta post the plans for this--I, for one, am intrigued. My GOSH--A way for ducks4you to NOT have to do a daily chore?!?!?!?!?!?!? [​IMG]
     

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