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Is my coop big enough?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by MandM Kids, Mar 26, 2015.

  1. MandM Kids

    MandM Kids New Egg

    Mar 26, 2015
    We live in the city and I built a 3' x 3' (9 sq ft.) coop and planned on getting 4 hens. We have found a lady who wants to sell 5 Buff Orpington pullits and wants to sell all 5. They will have access to about a 40 sq. foot secured run at all times (except in extreme cold). Is my coop just too small for 5? We do plan on letting them range in the back yard when we are at home. I thought about making a "loft" at the taller end of the coop. Would that help?
  2. Folly's place

    Folly's place Overrun With Chickens

    Sep 13, 2011
    southern Michigan
    Welcome! I would plan on four to ive sq. ft. per bird in the coop, minimum. Orpingtons are big birds and need space. Mary
  3. MandM Kids

    MandM Kids New Egg

    Mar 26, 2015
    Also the coop is on stilts 2 and 1/2 feet off of the ground, so they can be out of the elements under the coop when they want.
  4. BAWilliams

    BAWilliams Just Hatched

    Nov 12, 2015
    linden michigan

    I think you will have enough space. Also in the winter you can buy clear plastic by the yard at Walmart or fabric stores for very cheap. Staple gun that on the top and a couple sides that get most wind and snow drift and they will be able to utilize the run and get light all the time.

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