Outdoor section for chicken cop

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by ryanpatrick, Apr 6, 2016.

  1. ryanpatrick

    ryanpatrick New Egg

    Apr 6, 2016
    I live on a few acres and recently got 6 egg layers. They are being kept in a garage right now. I received a home made coop from someone that is pretty heavy duty. It has 12 sq feet with a separate nesting area (not included in the 12 sq feet). I plan on letting them out to run around the property occasionally but wont everyday. I plan on adding on to this coop to achieve the 4 sq feet per chicken. My question is....should I add on a run that is exposed to the outdoors or add on more interior coop? Is a run required if they get out a few days a week? Thanks for any advice.
  2. limited25

    limited25 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 10, 2016
    If you would post a picture of your coop, we would be able to better advise you. Easier to offer options if visual. Also, I think a run would be a good idea.

  3. ryanpatrick

    ryanpatrick New Egg

    Apr 6, 2016
    Thanks for the reply. Here is a picture of the coop. I plan on adding on to one of the sides, but like I said, Im just not sure if I should do a run or more coop.
  4. TLWR

    TLWR Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 10, 2010
    southern AL
    If they aren't out every day for a good chunk of day, you don't want to leave them stuffed in a coop. Build them a run.
  5. ChickenMammX4

    ChickenMammX4 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 17, 2015
    SW Ohio

    Ditto. Most chickens only stay in the coop to sleep and lay, the rest of the time they are outdoors. If you live in an area with a lot of bad weather, I'd cover the run and/or build a larger coop.
  6. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner True BYC Addict

    Feb 2, 2009
    Northwest Arkansas
    If you are adding to the coop, I suggest you look at adding more than the bare minimum. Most building materials come in 4’ or 8’ sections. If you add a 4’ section you can reduce cutting and waste. Just something to consider. There is nothing magical about the four square feet thing. It’s just a number that keeps most people out of trouble most of the time. Some people get by with less, some need more. I would want something bigger. It’s going to be hard to give them enough room to roost without them pooping in any feed or water you put in there.

    I also suggest a run, a reasonable sized run. There is no magic in size there either but a run greatly expands your amount of space and gives you a lot more flexibility in how you manage them. I don’t know where you are so have no idea of your general weather, but mine normally spend practically all day outside except when they go in to lay eggs.

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