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Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by marktoo, Mar 4, 2016.
4 x 4 coop just waiting on blackjack 57 from Amazon & some clear weather.
How many will this accommodate?
General rule of thumb is a minimum of 4 square feet per bird in the coop plus 10 in the run. This coop at 4' x 4' will accommodate 4 standard size hens.
If the nest box is on the floor and you keep food and water in there they will take up a lot of room and the coop would be better for three or maybe just two. Otherwise a 4x4 should handle four medium sized breeds like leghorn. Where is the ventilation, though? Are the windows all the coop has?
That coop will replace the one inside this secured run butting up to the back. I'm unable to locate the pic I had intended to post. They sleep in the coop, that is all! Feed, water, & nest box all in the run. Ventilation, there is the doorway, three windows, a vent low in the back & the roof rolls forward for cleaning, it's normal position is slightly ajar leaving a 1" - 3" opening across the entire front of the coop.
Found it! There's no door on the coop because the run would be secured if needed
Is there a suggested height inside the coop?
Head space for the birds on the roost? I think 18" is what is generally recommended. The same off the walls as well! There are some good articles in the learning center you may want to look through before building a coop.
Oh & welcome to the BYC!
Thanks Mark ive been trying to read asmuch as possible (before the TSC near me runs out of chicks)