want 12-14 chicken

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by love2chicken, Feb 27, 2011.

  1. love2chicken

    love2chicken Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 19, 2011
    I want 12-14 chickens standard size chickens how big should i make the coop and run they will only be able to free range a few times a week since i have dogs and will have to put them in the kennel. pleae help me out
  2. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    The standard recommendation is 4 square feet of coop space per chicken and 10 square feet of run space per chicken.
  3. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    There's a chicken coop link at the top of the index page and a whole forum devoted to coop and run design. There are several factors involved in the size of the coop. I would build a basic 8'x8' walk-in building with a roof that slants to one side only, as this makes installing enough ventilation quite simple. You could safely make it a little smaller, as long as they have access to enough run every day, but this is the most economical use of standard building materials, and allows a little extra space for a broody pen, feed storage added chickens, whatever.

    If you are saying they will be confined to the coop unless the dogs are kenneled, I would make it at least twice as large. Actually I wouldn't have chickens if I couldn't let them out every day, barring really terrible weather like a major blizzard.
  4. Newbie in Screamer Al

    Newbie in Screamer Al Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 11, 2011
    X 2 at least. You will probably add more later, so bigger is better.

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