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Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by PaulaSB12, Jan 8, 2011.
looks very cute!!
The ad said 24 to 30 chickens. It is 20 sq ft. The usual recommendation on here is 4 sq ft per bird in the coop for large fowl, a little less for bantams, so 5 LF in there. Some more experienced chicken keepers recommend more. Your climate should be mild enough that they well be out all day, and you might be able to keep calm, happy birds in 3 sq ft per LF, perhaps even a little less. But if you want 24 to 30 chickens, you will have problems in this coop.
This overestimating of numbers is a common finding among chicken coop sellers. It sounds like a good coop, but not for 30 chickens.
I agree, it's adorable but there's no way it's big enough for 20-30 chickens. It's about the same size as my coop, and I am at the absolute maximum at 7 girls. Even then, I still think we're a little crowded, 5 or 6 would be a better number, but we have more than the minimum recommended run space and they get out to "free range" in the yard a lot so as long as we don't have too many bitter cold days or too many days of heavy snow cover I think we're ok.
Cute coop. No way should it hold 30 chickens of any size. 5-6 LF hens would be comfortable. The droppings board is a good addition. My first coop was similar in layout, the ventilation grid is directly behind the birds' roosts - fine for warm weather, but if you live in an area where you experience cold winters, the cold draft on the birds is undesirable. However, you could add extra ventilation up higher and just close up the original ventilation grid in cold weather. Ticks me off how manufacturer's routinely overstate the capacity of coops. It was an expensive lesson for me.
The overall design is nice. It is quite attractive. However those first eggs will be expensive ones! A simple coop can be made for less. The heart shaped window really gives it a lot of charm....you could put a cute window in any coop and up the cuteness factor probably a lot cheaper.
indeed an adorable coop, but I agree w. the capacity misquote in the advertisement. Just an FYI and my .02.... I love a coop that is tall enough so that I can enter it and interact w. my hens...meaning catch,inspect, release. Just a preference of mine, but one that is certainly high on the lists of 'must haves'' in a coop design. as someone else stated here, you can add all kinds of things to up the cute factor like the heart shaped window... you can also add flower boxes and shutters too!!! Hope this helps. GL in the quest to find the right one for you!
Quote:I have been trying to find a coop design but they are so complicated.
Quote:Cute isn't important I want a coop that can be moved so the run and coop can be moved to keep the soil nice.