Should I expand or is it big enough

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by ckbco, Feb 18, 2015.

  1. ckbco

    ckbco In the Brooder

    Jan 28, 2015
    I have a 4 x 6 chicken coop with three nesting boxs (outside attached that I built along with a 10x10 dog run turned chicken run attached. I currently have 7 black stars 1 golden Wyandotte and two road iland Reds all about 6 months old I also have a 3 foot roosting bar and a 6 footer set higher do you think I need a bigger coop and run or will it work... Currently all 10 fit on the longer bar with bit or room to spare . I was thinking since I expanded from 5 to 10 recently mabe I should add another vent above the nesting boxs I only have one on the opposite side of the nesting boxs. Any input suggestions would be appreciated
    Here is a picture
  2. justplainbatty

    justplainbatty Songster

    Nov 30, 2007
    emmet MI
    You could use a bigger coop, at least 4 square feet per bird (5 is better) minimum 8 inches of roost space per bird (1 foot each is better). Your run is just there on requirements but bigger is better if they cannot free range. 1 nest box per 4 birds so you're good there. Good ventilation is key to their health especially in winter so have several openings that can be blocked or not as needed. You've got some good size girls and they're gonna want wing space when confined. Welcome to our flock! [​IMG]

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