See anything wrong with this design?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by wberry85, Mar 8, 2011.

  1. wberry85

    wberry85 In the Brooder

    Feb 21, 2011
    Milton, GA
    I am building my first coop for eight chickens. This is the top story. Any glaring flaws in my design? The bottom floor is the run.

  2. M To The Maxx

    M To The Maxx Baseball+Girls=Life

    Jul 24, 2009
    I can't tell how big that is but from my view it looks way to small for 8 chickens.
  3. wberry85

    wberry85 In the Brooder

    Feb 21, 2011
    Milton, GA
    It is a 6x4 so its about 3 sq ft per chicken. The run is much bigger and they will free range during the day.
  4. debid

    debid Crowing

    Jan 20, 2011
    middle TN
    Wow, those must be some huge nestboxes!

    Are you hinging the roof for cleaning? I'm looking at those drop downs and thinking that I would not love having to clean that house through those two holes.
  5. chickendude

    chickendude Songster

    Jun 4, 2009
    Dutchess County NY
    6x4 is 24 sq feet. 24 sq feet is good for about 6 birds. But the 24 sq feet should not include nest boxes. So you should deduct the nest box sq footage and plan accordingly. Go with a minimum of 4 sq ft per bird. Your run should be 10 sq ft per bird.
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  6. MethowPeeps25

    MethowPeeps25 In the Brooder

    Mar 7, 2011
    Kirkland, WA
    Looks good to me. If they have a large run it'll be the perfect size!
  7. elmo

    elmo Crowing

    May 23, 2009
    Where are the vents going? Remember, you'll probably need a lot more summer ventilation than 1 square foot per chicken.
  8. patman75

    patman75 Songster

    They might want to roost on the top of the nest box. You can add an angled surface to the top of nest box to keep them from going up there. I'm not sure if they really matters to you or not. Its not that big of a deal except for more areas to clean.

    Keep us updated with the final pictures. looks good. [​IMG]
    Last edited: Mar 9, 2011
  9. jenjscott

    jenjscott Mosquito Beach Poultry

    May 24, 2008
    Southeast Arkansas
    Being from GA, you can get away with less sq ft in the coop because the winters are not that bad, The food and water would have to be in the outside run, which is ok as long as you can keep the food dry. The roosts are a little restrictive for large fowl due to the lack of height above floor level . I see this as the main problem. Also, if you were close in the area under the coop, it gives you more than enough space out of the weather. As long as you make sure it stays dry . You could underpin with tarps or tin during the winter months and open it during the summer.
  10. wberry85

    wberry85 In the Brooder

    Feb 21, 2011
    Milton, GA
    Thanks for the suggestions.

    The roof will not hinge, but I am going to put a removable try beneath the roosts so I can take it out and clean it easily. The nesting boxes are pretty easily accessible. I am still thinking of ways to make it easy to clean, as it seems to be the biggest hurdle with the design for me.

    Ventilation has not been added yet. There will be vents on either side towards the top. Also, the overhang of the roof on either side has a 6" -7" gap about 6 ft long. I am going to close this up with hardware cloth but leave it open for air flow.

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