New Chicken dude, Coop idea?

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Peckerhead, Apr 9, 2009.

  1. Peckerhead

    Peckerhead Hatching

    Apr 9, 2009
    Southern Tier NY
    I'm totally new to the whole chicken deal but own 3+ acres and decided to ease into the whole farm idea with something simple (hopefully) like chickens.

    We brought home 6 chicks yesterday from TSC and our sons (age 13,10,4,3) have been having a ball with them.

    I have a dog house that is not used that I just built last year. It's pretty much 4X4X4 and my question is do you think it's big enough for 6 hens? It's attached currently to a 10X13' dog run and I was hoping that this would be a good home for them. I plan on raising the coop (dog house) up and getting it to open on either the side or top for easier access to nesting boxes. Cutting a slot in the bottom so I can put a tray in for bedding.

    Any thoughts/help for the new guy?

  2. mullers3acers

    mullers3acers Songster

    Oct 9, 2007
    la porte, In
  3. Lesa

    Lesa Songster

    May 28, 2008
    Upstate NY
    Hi! Welcome- you will learn everything you need to know here!! I think your dog house will be a little on the small side. They recommend 4 sq ft per bird. You can't really count on them always going outside into the run- they don't like snow and wind...Maybe you could make a simple addition? Also, make sure you have plenty of ventilation and some insulation wouldn't be a bad idea. Take a look at Pat's Ventilation Page. I think the doghouse would be perfect when the chicks are small- but they don't stay that way long!! Enjoy!
  4. new-roo

    new-roo Scrambled

    Oct 19, 2007
    If you go by the 4 sqft rule it is too small(for full grown chickens) but it will work for the first couple months. After a couple weeks you will want to build a much larger coop, since you will be fully addicted, and want to add more chickens to the flock. Plus you will need to add nest boxes, have feeder/waterer space etc.... So unless your gonna have external boxes that will be taking away part of thier floor space.
  5. michelle1017

    michelle1017 Goat Mama

    Aug 21, 2008
  6. B. Saffles Farms

    B. Saffles Farms Mr. Yappy Chickenizer

    Nov 23, 2008
    Madisonville, TN
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  7. n-da-woods

    n-da-woods Songster

    Jan 18, 2009
    North Carolina
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  8. The Chicken Lady

    The Chicken Lady Moderator Staff Member

    Apr 21, 2008
    West Michigan

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