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Question about Coop size

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Roosting Robin, Feb 27, 2014.

  1. Roosting Robin

    Roosting Robin Out Of The Brooder

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    Our coop is 6x6 ft with 8 nest boxes built outside of the 36 sq. ft. The enclosed outside pen is almost the size of a large backyard. However, right now I have 21 chicks coming, which is about 8 more than I figure the coop should hold. The ceiling is 9 ft tall. If I build a 'loft' - a 2 ft wide shelf 5 feet high that chickens can reach from the laddered roosts, will that suffice to add appropriate floor space? My husband thinks I'll regret it because of the need for cleaning those shelves, but I plan to cover in vinyl contact paper....
     
  2. CrazyChickGirl

    CrazyChickGirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have no idea, but I'm interested to see the responses... For 36 sq feet I thought the recommendation would be 9 chickens...
     
  3. Roosting Robin

    Roosting Robin Out Of The Brooder

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    You are correct. My math was bad. Coop will end up being 7x6 when finished. Shelf would add about 28 sq ft. I'm still way short of coop space!
     

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