1. CrazedGirl

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    Hey everyone!

    We are looking at having a coop built- a couple options I have posted below.

    The red one is 5’ x 6’

    The grey one is 5’ x 8’

    We are looking to have about 15 chickens (I’ve told hubby 10 ;) ) Does anyone see any issues with either of these two coops?
    We are going to construct our own run for them and they will also have free access to our 3+ acre property during the weekends/our off days for extra foraging.

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  2. KettermanHillCoop

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    From what I've learned here on BYC was you need a minimum of 4 sq ft per bird inside coop. So, if you want 15 birds, you'll need a minimum of 60 sq ft. Neither of those coops provide that much square footage.

    Take it from someone who made the mistake of building a coop too small...don't go with anything smaller than the minimum required. I'm planning to upgrade to a Wood's coop that is 8' wide by 12' deep this Spring. Building twice in a year is no fun....at all...
     
  3. CrazedGirl

    CrazedGirl In the Brooder

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    So a 6’ x 10’ would probably be best then. We found someone on craigslist to make them (the grey coop) and a 6 x 10 seems reasonably priced for a hobbyist builder compared to getting it Amish made.
     
  4. KettermanHillCoop

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    That's 60 sq ft...divided by 4 sq ft per bird = 15 birds. :) I wish I knew that equation prior to my build...**sigh**. Live and learn...
     
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  5. KettermanHillCoop

    KettermanHillCoop Crowing

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    Read up on ventilation on here too...you may need to have the builders add more...
     
  6. cholland

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    Definitely build a little bigger than you think if you can. If you plan on raising chicks again you may want enough space to section something off for a brooder pen, or even to separate an injured or sick bird. Also consider how much room they will have in bad weather.
    And chicken math happens...
     
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  7. Rob Tof

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    Think future a good coop needs three basic things proper size. A place to keep your supplies and a place to seporate and or brood chicks. For 15 chicks I would make a 10x16. Plenty of room.
     
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  8. CrazedGirl

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    Ah..yeah I knew there were questions with ventilation when it comes to building. Hmm.. would you suggest adding a vent low on one side and then one higher up?
     
  9. JMotuzick

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    Agreed, just like your garage or work shop. (For the laddies your closet) double the size your thinking and you’ll be close!
     
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  10. CrazedGirl

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    Looks like it is back to the drawing board to figure out how to get the correct lay out of one before I get the girls!
     
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