1. If this is your first time on BYC, we suggest you start with one of these three options:
    Raising Chickens Chicken Coops Join BYC
    If you're already a member of our community, click here to login & click here to learn what's new!

Using multiple coops

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by plucker, Mar 30, 2011.

  1. plucker

    plucker Out Of The Brooder

    52
    0
    29
    Mar 30, 2011
    Middle TN
    I have never raised chickens before and am thinking of giving it a try. I have access to sturdy wooden packing crates that I was thinking of using as chicken coops. This measure slightly over 2ft x 3ft and about 40 in tall. I was thinking of putting a metal roof on these and some roosts inside.

    My question is since these are so small, how many chickens could fit per coop and is it possible to have multiple coops in one chicken run? Should I connect several crates as a single coop? Or should I just abandon the idea all together.

    Thanks
     
  2. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

    34,028
    450
    448
    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    Oh, don't abandon it! All that free material!

    The rule of thumb on here for large fowl chickens is 4 sq ft in the coop and 10 sq ft in the run. You might consider investing in a few corner posts a roof boards, and using those to build walls and perhaps a roof. Chickens are social animals and don't want to live alone, they want each others' company.

    And welcome!
     
  3. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    Multiple coops are fine. But you might put some more work into it by partially dismantling them and making them into larger living quarters. ddawn is absolutely right: chickens are social animals and like to roost together.

    One packing crate could easily be a grow out coop for young chicks as you construct a larger coop.....
     
  4. AtholCoop

    AtholCoop Chillin' With My Peeps

    306
    14
    141
    Sep 27, 2008
    North Idaho
  5. plucker

    plucker Out Of The Brooder

    52
    0
    29
    Mar 30, 2011
    Middle TN
    Thanks! I was thinking one would make a perfect grow-out shelter. I'll have to think about how to combine these. How about the 40" tall? Is this tall enough?

    I have been making large doghouses as I can use old paint and roofing tin and slap a great doghouse together in a few hours. I then sell them cheap or donate them to the shelter. The idea of a chicken coop just keeps coming back so we'll see.

    While we're on the subject. What's a good number of chicken to start with as a rookie?
     
  6. AtholCoop

    AtholCoop Chillin' With My Peeps

    306
    14
    141
    Sep 27, 2008
    North Idaho
  7. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    Quote:Absolute minimum of three.

    But starting with six is nice number. [​IMG]
     
  8. plucker

    plucker Out Of The Brooder

    52
    0
    29
    Mar 30, 2011
    Middle TN
    I could likely combine 2 crates somewhat like your design.

    BTW, here's a couple pics of the crates

    [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  9. PapaChaz

    PapaChaz Overrun With Chickens

    2,833
    618
    301
    May 25, 2010
    NW Georgia
    ohhhh i want one of those to make a brooder out of! yeah you could take those apart and the materials will give you a great start
     
  10. AtholCoop

    AtholCoop Chillin' With My Peeps

    306
    14
    141
    Sep 27, 2008
    North Idaho
    Quote:Looks like a good start to me. Just remember they were never meant to stay in contact with the ground or they'll rot bad.
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by