Is it to SMALL?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by LadiesMan017, Jul 28, 2011.

  1. LadiesMan017

    LadiesMan017 Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 28, 2011
    I have a Millie Fleur and a Buff Brahma Bantam ROO.
    Also a BLRW, Frizzle EE, Black EE, White Silkie, Black Silkie, Cochin, Buff Brahma Bantam, and BO HENS.

    The run is 10x10 = 100 sq.ft
    The coop is a 6' W x 8' L x 6' H

    Is this too small? And if i were too add 2 more hens, woul that be too small?

    Thank you
  2. spotstealer

    spotstealer Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 11, 2011
    Poynette, WI
    The coop is good size. They should be fine in there even if you add a couple more. You may want to look at your run size though. Thats just my opinion, other with more expertise will chime in with their thoughts. There is allot of folks here that love to share their experiences with everyone.
  3. DazeGoneBy

    DazeGoneBy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 25, 2011
    I'm sorry, I know this makes me 12 years old, butI keep giggling at your subject line combined with your username as shown on the Index page for this thread...[​IMG]
  4. blefky

    blefky life in the yard

    Mar 18, 2010
    stamford, ct
    [​IMG] Stop that - I just choked on my morning coffee! [​IMG]

    Unless you're regularly free ranging your hens, I would think about enlarging your run if it's possible. [​IMG]
    Last edited: Jul 29, 2011
  5. mandelyn

    mandelyn Overrun With Chickens

    Aug 30, 2009
    Mt Repose, OH
    My Coop
    You guys are silly. [​IMG]

    I wouldn't add anymore hens unless you either expand the run another 20 sq ft, or free range them during the day. With the two boys in there, you don't want them crowded. Right now it's perfect for what you have if you're not free ranging. You need space for new birds to "hide" in as they get introduced. It would be a good idea to have a pop door from one run to another, so that you can house the new birds in there within sight but out of reach. Will help the introduction go smoother and possibly avoid a lot of injury. Having a second area is also handy when you need to dust them or treat them all for something... grab a bird, treat it, put it through the pop door into the other run, grab the next bird. You'll know who's done and who isn't. Also good as a back-up space should the roosters ever decide they hate each other, you can put one and a couple hens in the other area and shut the pop door. Or... if everyone is getting along, open the door and increase the size for all.

    Once they all like each other if you add new birds, you can then shut that door into the new run, till it, seed it with grass or something, let it grow a bit, then let them in. With proper management you can keep some grass for them to have secure access to.
  6. TheJuan-n-Only

    TheJuan-n-Only Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 10, 2010
    Quote:[​IMG] OMG!!!! Coworkers are looking at me like I've lost it b/c I'm lol'ing so much....

    To the OP - you are going to get all sort of replies on "size" (giggles) 2 cents - the bigger the better (ok I gotta stop now)....but some ppl get away with less space...just keep an eye out for your birds and their actions
  7. 7L Farm

    7L Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 22, 2010
    Anderson, Texas
    Bigger is better Amen. There will be times due to weather that the birds will be cooped up all day you don't want them starting bad habits. I built my first coop 8X10 & have 10 chickens in it with a 150 sq ft run & its not big enough. Birds need alot of room . My second coop is three sided & 330 sq ft with 16 pullets it could hold a few more but the girls are loving it.

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