Newbie coop plans in progress (Alaska)

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by fbkschickenmama, May 16, 2016.

  1. fbkschickenmama

    fbkschickenmama New Egg

    May 16, 2016
    Fairbanks, Alaska
    What a wonderful site!
    We have 5 two wk old Chicks: 1 Barred Rock, 1 BK Australorp, 1 Red Sex Link, 1 Americana, 1 Buff Orphington
    I'm amazed at how fast they are growing. Thus, begins the coop build. Keeping in mind we are in interior Alaska....
    For 5 chickens...
    How does a 2.5' raised 4x6 coop sound?
    Raised roof, insulated ceiling and floor (do all walls need it too? And if so...vapor barrier necessary for this size/population?), Heat lamp or plate (on eco plug/extention cord) pointed at water, 4x12 attached run. vented windows with close option for winter. Double 4 ft roosts over a poop tray. Hardware cloth surrounding run and windows/vents. 2 exterior laying boxes with opening door(probably insulated as well?) I don't want them to feel cramped and get too pecky this winter, but don't want to heat more space than needed either.

    We are very excited and hoping to do this right the first round!
    A picture would be more helpful, but they're still being tossed around in my head. Any advice, red flags or lessons learned that you'd care to share would be much appreciated. I'm learning so much from all of you wonderful chicken experts! Thank you!
  2. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    I'm no expert on coop builds, but the recommended space requirements are 4sqft per bird for the coop, 1 ft roosting space and 10sqft per bird run space.

    Since you live in, lets say, not the warmest part of the world, it may be a better to increase your coop size if you can, since its likely that your flock will spend more time there in the winter. Additionally, chicken-keeping is addictive and you will soon want more, so the bigger you can build you coop - the better. More space = happier and healthier flock.

    I'm sure you will get some great advice from other members here, but you may wish to consider joining your state thread as it will put you in touch with other BYC members in your area - They will also be able to share their experiences with you in terms of coop build.

    All the best
  3. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
  4. sunflour

    sunflour Flock Master Premium Member Project Manager

    Jan 10, 2013
    [​IMG] and congrats on your new flock.

    I agree with the comments to build larger than the minimum and with your climate they may have to be "cooped up" in the winter.

    IMO best to post under the coops/runs forum - if you have some preliminary drawings add those into the post - and likely you will get some specific suggestions.
  5. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    You'll need a bigger run and I would advise a solid cover to keep the snow out. You may also want to post on your state thread to see how others in your area, handle the weather.
  6. fbkschickenmama

    fbkschickenmama New Egg

    May 16, 2016
    Fairbanks, Alaska
    Thank you so much, I will try to enlarge coop, and definitely add covered/bigger run. Thank you for the feedback. I'll repost in the state forum too. Thanks again!
  7. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)

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