is my coop to big?

ChickensFromIdaho

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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?
 

thewatsonfarm

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Mar 22, 2015
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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?


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

meetthebubus

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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
 

Ridgerunner

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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?

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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