size of coop

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by kdjc, Apr 14, 2012.

  1. kdjc

    kdjc New Egg

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    I ordered my six hens back in Febuary and they are supposed to be here between May 8th and the 10th. I ordered 2-white rock 2-Rhode island red 2-golden buff . I didn't want them until i new cold weather was gone here in Southwest Iowa. There coop is 5 1/2 feet wide and 8 feet long. Is this big enough for six hens? Is it big enough to add more?There outside run is unlimited on the size it can be. I have decided to just make one big laying box (no dividers). How does this all sound so far?
     
  2. MD

    MD Out Of The Brooder

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    I personally think that's plenty of room for six hens. I have you searched this question? It is asked here a lot and there is a wealth of good advice on the topic. Good luck with the chickies!
     
  3. karlamaria

    karlamaria Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Great size for 6 to 7 birds. Mine is 5x6 and we are having it made bigger so it will be 8 wide by 6 long. We have five girls in it now but will be adding 2 more pullets in may . Our baby chicks we have under our broody now will go into a separate dog house and sectioned off pen until there big enough to go to my moms. soe people stuff there small coops with birds, but really you want lots of room so they do not peck each either or bother each other. Lots of room means happy birds!
     
  4. PoultryGirly

    PoultryGirly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, there is plenty of room. I have a 4x6 coop and I can fit 6 chickens in there comfortably. I also have a run.
     
  5. Zach123

    Zach123 Out Of The Brooder

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    That should be plenty of room, and you could probably add a couple more if they have a very large run where they will be spending the majority of their time. my coop is about 90 cu feet (floor is 20 sq ft) for 4 chickens. Since they will mostly be spending their time out of doors, I do not feel its necessary to be much bigger then that. I think when we plan for chicken coops, we tend to forget they are 3d and only worry about square footage, but IMO head space is just as important as floor space. Granted you cant keep 45 chickens in a 1x1 sqare just because its 90 ft tall, but since chickens vertacle space (think roosting) as well as horizontal space, we dont need SO much sq footage. Just my thoughts.....
     

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