Is my coop too narrow?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by JessicaL, Aug 10, 2014.

  1. JessicaL

    JessicaL Hatching

    Aug 10, 2014

    We have six chickens (I think they are pullets right now?). Depending on how we do with these, we will get more in the spring for a total of around 12 or so.

    Currently, our coup is attached to our house. The dimensions are 12' x 3' with a feeder box, 6' x 6" and a nesting box that is two layers, 6 on top and 6 on the bottom. We just decided to let our chickens free range.

    Is our coop to narrow?
    Will it work for them in the winter?
    We get quite a bit of snow.
  2. Y N dottes

    Y N dottes Songster

    Sep 1, 2012
    South Central WI
    no, I wouldn't say its too narrow at all. in fact, in the winter they might be warmer if there is less air to heat
  3. iwiw60

    iwiw60 Crowing

    Jan 27, 2014
    Central Oregon
    I would say you're fine .... for now with 6. But if you increase your flock to 12? Way too "tight" for 12...
  4. thomasboyle

    thomasboyle Songster

    Feb 28, 2013
    Northwest Hills of CT
    I would suggest you raise the nesting boxes to 18" or so, you will gain back that amount of floor space, and the chickens will have no problem getting into them at that height.
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  5. Biologrady

    Biologrady Chirping

    Apr 12, 2012
    Looks good, and you can also add a ramp to a shelf/ledge to add another level of floor space. Gives them a little more opportunity to get away from each other, helpful when they've been cooped up too long in bad weather I find...
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  6. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    OK, I'll say it.... yes, it is too narrow.
    Once you flip down the perches to open the nests, it will be even narrower.
    I say this with surety because I too dealt with a narrow coop space and mine is 6' wide

    Where is the roost?
    ....and how will they get down from the roost(or that upper nest)without the room to fly down....adding a ramp would take up alot of room) ?

    Trying to think how to make that space work......

    Maybe if you could put that nest bank on the other side of that divider wall (on the left of pic) and cut holes in the wall to access nests...... only need the bottom row of nests, so that eliminates that height problem.
    Ladder roosts along short end of far wall, keeps the poopiest area out of the walking path, they can hop down ladder to get down....would take up about 4 feet of floor space tho.
    You could probably build some slim line feed and water devices into the wall on the left too.

    It's still pretty small for the winter confinement of 6 chickens, I'd never put 12 in there.
  7. iwiw60

    iwiw60 Crowing

    Jan 27, 2014
    Central Oregon
    @aart has given you excellent pointers on your setup, and yes for just your existing 6 chickens will be a tight one for sure, no way should you put 12 in there. I, too, had questions as to just where the roost was. I wish you all the very best, but please do re-think your setup, it does need tweaking.
  8. Aronia

    Aronia Songster

    Apr 8, 2014
    St. Catharines, ON
    Does anyone live near St. Catharines, ON?
  9. Biologrady

    Biologrady Chirping

    Apr 12, 2012
    Loved aart's idea about putting nesting boxes through the wall... Brilliant! You could maybe do that with PVC pipe feeders too.
  10. osiel

    osiel In the Brooder

    Mar 22, 2014
    Its okay for 6 chickens but adding a second floor would be a good idea. Raising your nest boxes high would also be a great idea this will help them to not eat the eggs as well some chickens will eat eggs if they are bored so item would be a good idea to raise the nest.

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