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Need coop size advice.

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Kimberly57, May 1, 2016.

  1. Kimberly57

    Kimberly57 New Egg

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    I will be getting 4 hens after I build a coop with a small run. What size do you suggest for the coop with roost and 2 outside accessible nest boxes without the run....4 x 4, 4 x 6, or 4x 8 ? They will have a chicken tractor for daytime use and be put in the coop at night.
     
  2. CTKen

    CTKen Monkey business Premium Member

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    The fairly standard, minimum requirements are:

    4 sq ft per bird for the coop
    1 ft roosting space per bird
    10 sq ft per bird for the run

    If you can, its always better to maximise the space available for your chickens as this will result in a less stressed, happier flock.

    Good luck

    CT
     
  3. Kimberly57

    Kimberly57 New Egg

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    Thanks but I need the answer to be one of the sizes I asked about.
     
  4. Mahlzeit

    Mahlzeit Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Honestly the answer is the largest coop you can make and afford to make. It always starts as 4 chickens and then multiplies. So my suggestion is if the biggest coop you can make is a 4 x 8 make a 4 x 8.
     
  5. Kimberly57

    Kimberly57 New Egg

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    Thanks. I would like to have more than 4, but that is all I need.
     

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