Is the Coop Big Enough??

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by CochinBrahmaLover, Jan 6, 2012.

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  3. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Crowing Premium Member

    Dec 22, 2009
    What breed of chickens do you have?
  4. bullpup95

    bullpup95 In the Brooder

    Jun 6, 2011
    Vancleave, MS
    I would assume at a min 3sq ft per standard size bird so 8?????? Although the Amish, Mennonites and Hutterites are pretty good chicken farmers so maybe 12 -13 would be ok. Just a guess!
  5. annie3001

    annie3001 My Girls

    Jun 11, 2009
    Quote:this is true. depending on the breed. 8 would be comfortable.
  6. KandiandJerry

    KandiandJerry Songster

    I Personaly Would Think 13 Would Be Crowded We Have 8 4x6 Pens Inside The Chicken House And I Only Have 6-8 In Each 1 Roo And 5-7 Hens
  7. A mix of mutts, we know for sure though (we're getting more later, thats where the 10 of the 13 are coming from, we have 3 right now) that there is an Andalusian, a game rooster, a welsummer and a leghorn. Also theres 2 bantams I think
  8. GardenGal

    GardenGal Songster

    Mar 11, 2011
    Western WA
    That seems pretty tiny to me. It's a beautiful coop, but I bet you could find or have built a simpler coop - a much bigger one for more chickens! - for the same price or less. We had 6 chickens in a 4' x 4' coop, and it worked until the pecking order really set in. I definitely recommend making room for chicken politics.

    Final word, I've never heard anyone say they wish their coop was smaller [​IMG]
  9. I think my counting is off because I counted 14 +

    They all fit well and are comfy, well all but my original rooster who fought with the other game rooster, hes starting fights and bleeding but has calmed down and looks fine so if hes alive in the morning then he'll stay alive. We don't have anything to separate them and my mom won't listen to me so I'm just gonna pray hes alive in the morning. Our hens have become friends with other hens, like our leghorn is friends with this REALLY fat chicken. I'll add pictures once I find the camera [​IMG] Thanks for the replies but we didn't have any other choice we said we would take all of them (and didn't help that he had like 3 more roosters then what we thought) Y'all have been helpful to see how comfy they will be and how many we should get rid of.
  10. nurse_turtle

    nurse_turtle Songster

    May 28, 2011
    Foothills of NC
    13-14 is waaaay too many chickens for that coop. With 24 sq feet total, 6 standard sized birds is the max recommended. When chickens are over crowded, you will see a rise in feather picking, bullying and disease/parasites. if you put 14 chickens in that coop, you're gonna have problems.

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