Newb coop question

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Clemvet, Feb 4, 2009.

  1. Clemvet

    Clemvet New Egg

    Feb 4, 2009
    I have a welded aluminum rectangular frame that is 12' long x 42" high and 42" wide that was left over from a project. I planned on closing in the back 4' of the 12' for a coop and covering the remaining 8' with hardware cloth for a small run.
    I should have enough room in the coop for about 3 nesting boxes and a perch or two.
    My questions is... Is this enough room for 10-12 birds? They will probably be all Dominiques or Barred Rock.
    Thanks and what a great forum!!
  2. clayhill

    clayhill Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 17, 2008
    Lee County, Arkansas
    Sounds like enough room for 3-4 birds max. Might do for a little while untill you can build something larger. As anyone else here will tell you, once you have a few you'll want more.
  3. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    12x3.5' = 42 square feet total.

    If you put 10 chickens in there, that would be only ~4 sq ft per chicken TOTAL, which IMO is not near enough unless they will be free ranging for most of every day, which doesn't sound like it's your plan (?).

    I would not personally put more than 4 chickens in that size enclosure, max. Maybe one or two more if you construct an "upstairs" house part so that the entire 12x3.5 footprint is available for pen.



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