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Silly coop sizing question

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by hydrotx, Feb 25, 2015.

  1. hydrotx

    hydrotx New Egg

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    Hello all,
    We will be getting our first birds come June and we are in the process of planning the coop build and have been going down the design rabbit hole. When measuring the 4 sq ft per bird for spacing, does this include the space of the bump out nesting box or is that space not used in the calculations?

    Thanks in advance for your patience.
     
  2. yellowchicks

    yellowchicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Don't include nest box area in the floor space calculation. Estimate 4 birds/nest box.
     
  3. hydrotx

    hydrotx New Egg

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    Thanks yellowchicks
     
  4. Folly's place

    Folly's place Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome! Plan bigger,; you won't be sorry. My birds have over five sq. ft. in the coop, and it's not too much in winter when they aren't pleased with the snow outside. Also, "chicken math" may strike, and your flock gets way bigger than you can imagine right now. Mary
     

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