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Is there a to big?

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Westmo, Feb 9, 2013.

  1. Westmo

    Westmo New Egg

    Feb 9, 2013
    As you can see we are still in the process of building our coop, and this is our first time getting chickens! We are getting 6 Rhode Island Reds. Is there such a thing of to big out a coop? We plan to give the chickens about half the space of the inside, and use the other half for storage. We live in colorado, so we thought it would be best to not have such a big area for the unpredicatble winters. Is this a good size for only 6 chickens? Also one other strange question: Are chickens sensitive to bright colors? This used to be an old play house and the walls are painted pretty out there. Thanks so much!!

    Mr MKK FARMS Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Sep 27, 2012
  3. greenfamilyfarms

    greenfamilyfarms Big Pippin'

    Feb 27, 2008
    Elizabethtown, NC
    I think it looks pretty great! The bright colors shouldn't bother them, but they may try to peck at the colors.
  4. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Greetings from Kansas, Westmo, and [​IMG]! Great to have you in our community! First of all, let me congratulations and WOW [​IMG] what a beautiful coop! [​IMG] I am so jealous!! Secondly, bigger is better with coops - you can partition it off if you don't want to give only a few birds access. And, if you ever want to add birds to the flock (and who doesn't!!) then you'll be set. Lots of folks have wished they'd built it bigger - few if any ever said the opposite. Have fun and enjoy your birds because I know they're gonna love their coop!
  5. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Welcome to BYC. That looks like the start of a great coop and run. You will discover that there is no such thing as 'too big'. [​IMG]
  6. DDNONIN2016

    DDNONIN2016 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 27, 2012
    SW Ohio
    Hello and welcome from Ohio....so glad you joined BYC. You have a beautiful coop. Nice job
  7. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 26, 2011
    Upper Peninsula Michigan
    Hi and welcome to BYC from northern Michigan [​IMG]

    Love your coop. Generally standard sized fowl should have at least 4 square feet of floor space in the coop per bird - remember than in bad weather they may be confined inside, so lots is always better. And as the others have said, more room is always better, just in case the chicken bug bites you hard.
    You also may want to consider covering at least part of the run with something solid to give them a snow-free area outside to lounge in (my run is partially covered and they use it in all but the coldest weather).
  8. dolphinlvr4

    dolphinlvr4 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 27, 2013
    Savannah ga
    welcome! I too used a 12x12 old playhouse my daughter outgrew for the inside coop and the run is 15 ft long n 9ft wide. I have 6 chickens as well. My run is completely covered, top to bottom. We used tinted wavy plastic roofing we had on an outdoor porch that we tore down. I'm in Ga and wanted to provide plenty of shade for the girls cuz our summers here are long and very hot. So far so good. My do not free range because I have huge birds of prey here so I buy crickets for them to chase and for the protein they need. Mine are not yet old enough to lay but we r hoping soon! :). I think the standard per chicken is 2x2 inside and 3x3 ft for outdoor space... But yes, ur set up looks great! ;-)
  9. weimarmama

    weimarmama Overrun With Chickens

    Jun 4, 2010
    My Coop
    [​IMG] & [​IMG] from Alabama. Glad you joined us. That is going to be one nice coop [​IMG]
  10. Mac14

    Mac14 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 21, 2012
    Northern California
    I'm so jealous of your coop, It's so beautiful! Have fun! :)

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