Is my coop big enough??

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by K7 Menagerie, Jun 2, 2008.

  1. K7 Menagerie

    K7 Menagerie Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 6, 2008
    Bend, OR
    We're building a coop right now, and I want to make sure it's big enough for my 6 chickens (3 EE, 3 Welsummers). The coop itself is about 4 ft x 6 ft, and the run is 6 ft x 6 ft. It's one of those triangular shaped arks. Also taking suggestions for naming the building. The chickens are Parsley, Sage, Rosemary, Thyme, Bay, and Coriander. Yeah, I know, the Spice Girls. [​IMG]
  2. Jacky'sMamma

    Jacky'sMamma Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 16, 2008
    Antelope, CA
    LOL, no comment on the size here... I am no expert. LOVE the names tho!

  3. tnkinhunting

    tnkinhunting Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 7, 2008
    East Tennessee
    Sounds like a nice sized run - post pic's!
  4. tricia

    tricia Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 25, 2007
    West Central Wisconsin
    Sounds like a good size. I love the names! You could call the coop the Spice Rack. [​IMG]
  5. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    Just a probably won't be able to stop at 6!! [​IMG]
  6. K7 Menagerie

    K7 Menagerie Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 6, 2008
    Bend, OR
    The Spice Rack! I love it, thanks![​IMG]
  7. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    I dunno, I'm going to be the dissenting voice and say that it's pretty minimal space for six chickens unless they freerange most of the time. 4x6 may be your upstairs floorspace, but the USABLE space up there is substantially smaller, because of how the walls slope down. The edges of the pen part are kind of awkward for chickens to use, too, for the same reason.

    Many people have chickens surviving in that size quarters. Me, I give them more space. It's a matter of personal conscience and taste, I guess. Also the more space they have the less chance of problems with picking, etc (although there is a certain 'random luck' factor there, too).

    Good luck,

  8. FutureChickenMan

    FutureChickenMan Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 29, 2007
    Generally accepted rule of thumb:

    4 square feet per bird inside coop.

    - 4'x6' = 24 square feet / 4 = 6 birds

    10 square feet per bird for run.

    - 6'x6' = 36 square feet / 10 = 3.6 birds.

    If you intend on free ranging the majority of the time, your run will probably be ok. But if you gotta keep the birds locked up like I do because of preditors, your run needs to be bigger.

    My Coop is named Chez Poulet

    ETA : you won't be able to stop at 6. I was only gonna get a dozen. I have 3 times that now.
    Last edited: Jun 2, 2008
  9. Chirpy

    Chirpy Balderdash

    May 24, 2007
    I also totally advocate having a larger coop. From personal experience ([​IMG]) I know that chickens will most likely peck each other if locked up in too small a space.

    So, if you can build bigger please do.

    The others are right ... it's highly unlikely that The Spice Rack will only house six chickens in the future. [​IMG]

    I love the names.
  10. K7 Menagerie

    K7 Menagerie Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 6, 2008
    Bend, OR
    Looks like maybe I need a bigger coop! Can't really free-range them here - too many coyotes and hawks.

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