Question?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by sueh, Oct 22, 2008.

  1. sueh

    sueh New Egg

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    Hello! all. I have a question to ask and it probably has been asked before, if so please forgive me. We will be getting some Hy-Line Browns (about four) in about a month or so my question is how big should the coop be to house the four chickens?

    Any help would be very much appreciated.
     
  2. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

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    Most people here would say about 4 sq ft per chicken indoors plus 6-10 sq ft per chicken in the run. For four chickens, if you are sure you will never want to get more, that would mean a coop that is like 4x4 and a run that is 4x8 or larger.

    Personally I don't think they look as happy that way as with more space -- mine have like 8-15 sq ft per chicken indoors and a large run. It depends somewhat on your climate, too -- if there will be lengthy stretches when they just won't wanna go out, because of Serious Winter or because of prolonged hard rain in a roofless run, then the larger indoor space is more relevant than if you live in, like, Hawaii [​IMG]

    Unless you are legally restricted to only 4 chickens max, it would be worth building your coop extra large "in case" you "should someday" decide you "might possibly" want more <vbg> (Practically everyone here seems to have that happen eventually <g>)

    Good luck, enjoy your chickens,

    Pat
     
  3. sueh

    sueh New Egg

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    Thank you so much Pat for the information. For right now just the four maybe in year we might get more. No legally restrictions on the number of chickens. I think we will go with the 8-15 sq ft per chicken.
     

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