1. Come check out hundreds of awesome coop pages (and a few that need suggestions) in our 2018 Coop Rating Project!


Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by trinacsj24, Jan 31, 2016.

  1. trinacsj24

    trinacsj24 In the Brooder

    Jan 31, 2016
    I have finally finished my first coop. And I'm very excited to start choosing my first group of lady's to live in it.
    I have a few questions...
    1. How many hens will live comfortably in a 8x6(just coop) that has I ceiling that hits 6ft.(has separate roaming yard as well).
    2. Does the separate yard have to have fencing on top to prevent flying?
    3.which breeds should I look at for the weather extremes of Arizona.
    Hens just for eggs not meat.

  2. Chicken Egg 17

    Chicken Egg 17 Songster

    Dec 11, 2015
    McVeytown PA

    Here is a link telling how many to fit in a 8x6 coop. There run doesn't have to be cover to prevent flying but you would want to cover it because of Hawks and other animals at night that can easily climb over the fence and into the run so I would cover it. You could get Rhode Island reds, black Australorp, buff Orpington, jersey Giants,barnevelder, welsummer, silkie, wyandottes there are a few more I can list if you aren't satisfied with those breeds
    1 person likes this.
  3. Alright [​IMG] great to have you joining the BYC flock [​IMG]

    BYC has a wonderful Learning Center [​IMG]

    Check out the Forum Nav: there are a lot of different Trends to choose from [​IMG]

    Question 1 I would put 3 to 4 hens in the coop and that should still be plenty of room ...

    Question 2If the hens are happy they will stay in the coop the real question is do you have any hawks in your area but a net over the top is always the safest route ..

    Question 3 Well that is a hard one as I try to avoid telling some one what kind of chickens to get as that is a personal thing and I have only visited Arizona several times and do not know much about it but on the other hand I do live in Death Valley California and the chickens that do the best for me is the Easter Egger chickens as they handle the heat but you do need to keep water available at all times and shelter to get out of the sun wind and rain oh one thing in the summer try to hose down the ground it really help's the chickens cool off ......

    I hope some of this helps you out a bit ....
    1 person likes this.
  4. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
  5. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi and welcome to BYC - glad that you have joined us.

  6. trinacsj24

    trinacsj24 In the Brooder

    Jan 31, 2016
    Thanks so excited
  7. NickyKnack

    NickyKnack Love is Silkie soft!

    Welcome to BYC and the coop! There's a lot of great peeps here! Feel free to ask lots of questions. But most of all, make yourself at home. I'm so glad you decided to joined the BYC family. I look forward to seeing you around BYC.

  8. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Welcome to BYC. I think you will do best if you join your state thread - so you can ask others what breeds tolerate the heat, are good egg producers and what sort of coop you need for the climate.

    Rule of thumb holds 4-5 sg.feet per bird in the coop (excluding nest boxes and roosts) and 10 sq/feet per bird in the outside run. Having a run cover will not be a mistake if it keeps out raptors and climbing or jumping predators.

    I would suspect you will need shade, shade and more shade for your birds. Man made, natural, etc. whatever works. They will need plenty of cool, clean water.etc
    1 person likes this.
  9. N F C

    N F C phooey! Premium Member Project Manager

    Dec 12, 2013

    x2 on drumstick diva's advice.

    Good luck to you, hope you enjoy having chickens as much as I do!

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by