SoCal Newbie - Small Chicken Flock

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by duhrel, Jun 10, 2016.

  1. duhrel

    duhrel In the Brooder

    Jun 9, 2016
    Southern California
    Hi everyone! I'm planning for a small flock of 3-4 chickens in southern California (USDA grow zone 10b). I'm designing a 3.5' × 4.5' × 5.5' coop with an attached 15' × 4.5' × 5.5' run.

    The coop will be under 16 sf and incorporate ~10" of space for the deep litter method (DLM) on dirt. About 8" above the DLM I plan for two side-mounted nest boxes and a couple of roosting bars ~8" above the nest boxes.

    I attached a picture with my concept drawing and would appreciate any feedback or ideas.

    I've read a lot of debate over the DLM and figured if it doesn't work or causes more problems, I'll have a relatively large access door (2' × 5') to conduct more frequent cleanings.

    I'm also wondering if I should make the run so high at 5.5'. I've thought of dropping the height to 3' or maybe even splitting it into a two-story run (has this ever been done?). What do you all think?

    At any rate, I look forward to sharing my small flock adventure with everyone.


  2. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    Judging from the size of coop you are building, you could accommodate 3 or 4 hens. Since you live in So Cal., your weather is not so bad that they will be hunkering down for months on end in the coop due to winter weather. Your run sounds big enough. You can also post this in our Coop and Run Construction forums for more input as well...

    Have you stopped by our learning center yet? Lots of great articles on all the aspects of keeping poultry...

    Good luck with your coop and run build! Make yourself at home here and if you have any questions or issues, feel free to post around the forums.

    Great to have you aboard and welcome to our flock! :)
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  3. duhrel

    duhrel In the Brooder

    Jun 9, 2016
    Southern California
    Thanks for the warm welcome. I've been lurking on and off for a couple of years, but now with two young kids I decided now was a good a time as ever to get started with chicken keeping.
  4. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2014
    Yorkshire, UK
    My Coop
    Hi :welcome

    Glad you could join us here! Sounds like you have some great plans and TwoCrows has left you some great links to check out. We have a coop contest running right now that you could enter into ~
    How to create a coop page and enter the contest is in the first post of the thread. You may need a few more posts to create a coop page but I'm sure you will good to go very soon.

    Wishing you the very best of luck and enjoy BYC :frow
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  5. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Nice to meet you Duhrel, thank you for joining us at Backyard Chickens.
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  6. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi Duhrel and welcome to our community - I hope that you enjoy being a member as much as the rest of us.

    Best wishes
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  7. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
    Welcome to BYC [​IMG] You coop plans sound good, but I'd make the run a bit taller. You'll find at times you'll need to go in there to collect a stray egg or do something and you'll appreciate the extra room then! The DLM is not something I've tried myself, so I can't anything about that, but we have some discussions on it here:

    And, unrelated, but if you're interested, we have a coop page contest running. More info and how to enter here:

    These contests run over a few months and we restart them soon after they end, so you can enter any time [​IMG] Good luck with your new venture!
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  8. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
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  9. duhrel

    duhrel In the Brooder

    Jun 9, 2016
    Southern California
    Thanks for all the encouragement! So much I've read and so much more to read. I'm setting up the brooder now and hoping to pick up the chicks this Friday.
  10. Kristen5894

    Kristen5894 In the Brooder

    Jun 14, 2016
    Hi and welcome! I am also from So. Cal, a new member and I love my small flock. [​IMG]
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