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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by j7sew56, Feb 10, 2015.

  1. j7sew56

    j7sew56 Chirping

    Feb 10, 2015
    Hi my husband and I live in the city and want to raise chickens . We need advice first on what type of coop . We want at the most 4 chickens
  2. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Crowing

    May 14, 2014
    Welcome to BYC. Glad you decided to our flock. The recommend floor area for a coop is a minimum of 4 sq. ft. per bird (more is better). That means with 4 chickens you will need a minimum floor area of 16 sq. ft. in your coop. Again, more is better as overcrowding can quickly lead to aggression, fights, biting and feather plucking, and even cannibalism. If you are going to keep your birds in confined runs or pens (as opposed to free ranging them), you need a minimum ground area of 10 sq. ft. per bird, or 40 Sq. ft. for 4 birds. Again, more is better for the previous reason that I gave. My advice is to get as large a coop as you can afford. You may decide later on that you want more chickens (chicken math is very addicting) and even if you don't, the more space your birds have the better off they will be. There are a lot of coop ideas that you can look at in our coop section at https://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/2/Coops. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Good luck in getting your coop.
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  3. song of joy

    song of joy Crowing 6 Years

    Apr 22, 2012
    Central Pennsylvania
    If you're able to get a new or used shed, they can be set up as very nice coops with a few modifications (addition of roost bars, nest boxes, pop door). I recently converted a 10 x 14 shed into a coop and LOVE having the space for my 10 hens plus their feed containers, etc. If you go this route, be sure to include windows for ventilation and light.
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  4. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 Free Ranging Premium Member

    Feb 18, 2011
    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC!
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  5. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member 9 Years

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    It would help to know what the climate is like in your area. Coops for very hot areas differ from the ones for very cold.
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  6. 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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  7. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

    Apr 23, 2014
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.

    Michael has given you great advice.

    Good luck!
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  8. ChickyChickens

    ChickyChickens Chickening Around

    May 24, 2014
    BYC? Epic <3
    My Coop

    Welcome to BYC!!! There are loads of members on here…so if you have ANY questions…just ASK!!!

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  9. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Crowing 5 Years

    Jul 24, 2013
    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]I'm glad you joined our "flock"

    You've received some good advice already from the above posters! You may find more information and coop designs at this link: Chicken Coop Designs

    Good luck with any future poultry adventures!
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  10. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Crowing 5 Years

    Jul 24, 2013
    [​IMG] I'm glad you joined us!

    You've been given some good advice already! I'd be sure to check out the Coops page that Wyandottes7 linked to. The Learning Center may be helpful, too.: Learning Center Articles
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