is my coop to big?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by ChickensFromIdaho, Jun 2, 2017.

  1. ChickensFromIdaho

    ChickensFromIdaho Just Hatched

    Jun 2, 2017
    hello, i have a flock of 7. i converted an old 9 foot by 8 foot tin shed into my coop. i never thought anything about having a coop being too big but I'm getting the feeling i may have been wrong. what do y'all think?
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Let It Snow Premium Member

    Jul 16, 2015
    central Wisconsin
    Mines a 40x40 pole building, a coop can never be too big in my opinion.
  3. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Ditto that - the more space, the better!
  4. EmilieW

    EmilieW New Egg

    May 10, 2014
    In my opinion no chicken coop is too big.
  5. thewatsonfarm

    thewatsonfarm Chillin' With My Peeps

    The best way to deal with a coop that's too large is to fill it with more chickens!:love
  6. summerb123

    summerb123 Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 26, 2016
    I was thinking the same thing!
  7. meetthebubus

    meetthebubus Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 28, 2017
    Well the only thing would be winter if it's really cold they might find it hard to keep warm but yours doesn't sound too big for that issue either, space for chickens is important and too small would cause issues
  8. barred2rock

    barred2rock Chillin' With My Peeps

    I have five in a 8x8 coop, IMO yours is just right. :thumbsup
  9. Tenrec

    Tenrec Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 9, 2017
    As Watson said, your coop's not too big.

    Your flock is simply too small.
  10. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner True BYC Addict

    Feb 2, 2009
    Northwest Arkansas
    Why do you think it's too big? If we knew why we may be better able to reassure you.

    My regular laying/breeding flock is one rooster and 7 to 9 hens, that's what I usually go through the winter with. The numbers go up a lot in the summer, but it reduces back down when they reach butcher size. My coop is 8' x 12' with lots of room outside. In no way is it too big for them.

    Knowing where you live might help too so we'd know your climate. Some people seem to feel chickens need to warm up a coop in winter. They don't. Chickens' feathers keep the chickens warm, just like the wild birds' feathers keep them warm when they overwinter. I don't know if that was part of your thinking or not, but chickens do not need to warm up the coop. Because of potential behavioral problems, they generally need more coop room in winter than they do in summer.

    I personally think a 9x8 for seven chickens is a fabulous size. But without knowing why you are concerned it's hard to respond.

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