New coop How big

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by SeanBlack, Aug 21, 2013.

  1. SeanBlack

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    Hello [​IMG]
    I recently bought 2 Rhode island hens I have a coop that can fit four but by this time next year i'm hoping that i'll have a dozen hens so I'm just interested in how big my Coop should be my run is 20 ft by 20 ft is the run big enough to hold a dozen ?
    -Thanks Sean [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Aug 21, 2013
  2. jetdog

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    I would say the run is big enough. Sounds like you will be busy building a new coop.
     
  3. SeanBlack

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    Yup but hopefully it'll be worth it
     
  4. SeanBlack

    SeanBlack In the Brooder

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    Anyone ? [​IMG]
     
  5. Buffrington

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    I beleive the coop should be big enough for the hens to sleep in comfortably. To give an Idea...I am building a coop and I am planning on housing 10 hens and one roo "buff Orpingtons aff course.

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    This is roughly 2 x 2 meters by 1.8 high. If I am correct I will be able to put in 18 nests.

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  6. Weasleymum

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    Using the standard advice of 4sq ft per hen, for a dozen birds you'd want 48 sq ft of floorspace; 6 feet x 8 feet. Sounds like you're going to have an awesome flock!

    Just my two cents, if I had that much run space for that number of birds, I'd subdivide it into a few smaller runs and rotate them... Just a thought. I wish I had that kind of space!
     
  7. SeanBlack

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    Haha yeah its big and my two Rhode Islands love it. Hopefully they'll get on well with my new hens when i get them [​IMG]
     
  8. Bullitt

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    Do you mean to separate the older hens from the chicks in the future?
     

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