is my chook house too small?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by mfranti, Aug 25, 2008.

  1. mfranti

    mfranti In the Brooder

    Aug 12, 2008
    salt lake city
    i have 5 hens and they share a very large dog house (big enough for a large lab) the house is connected to a 10x4x3 run that i move around the yard.

    when i built it, i only planned on three hens.

    do i need to build another home?

  2. ChickyPooh

    ChickyPooh Songster

    Jun 3, 2008
    South GA
    I think so
  3. sianara

    sianara Songster

    Apr 27, 2007
    Central MA
    What are the dimensions? Large chickens need a MINIMUM 4 sq ft per bird for housing and 10 sq ft for outdoor run. Of course, the more space the better usually is a good rule of thumb.
  4. Chicabee19

    Chicabee19 Songster

    Aug 8, 2008
    do you have a picture?

  5. Anny

    Anny Songster

    Apr 24, 2008
    Detroit Michigan
    I think you might want to build a bigger one. With winter coming along too since they might be spending more time inside (I forgot to check where you live though so you might have warm winters)

    You want AT LEAST 4 square feet inside the coop for each chicken, but bigger is always better. ( and always play like you are getting more chicken since we all do eventually haha)

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