What kind of coop?


In the Brooder
Jul 25, 2021
What would a good chicken run and coop design be? i want to start building a good coop but i dont have any ideas.


13 Years
Jul 10, 2009
North Carolina Sandhills
My Coop
My Coop
Hello, welcome to BYC. Good for you in doing your research before you get the coop or the chickens.

Here's some basic information that is good anywhere:

The Usual Guidelines

For each adult, standard-sized hen you need:
  • 4 square feet in the coop,
  • 10 square feet in the run,
  • 1 linear foot of roost,
  • 1/4 of a nest box,
  • And 1 square foot of permanent, 24/7/365 ventilation, preferably located over the birds' heads when they're sitting on the roost.
4 square feet is the size of a large doormat and 10 square feet is the size of a standard fiberglass bath/shower insert.

Here is an excellent article on keeping chickens in a cold-weather environment: https://www.backyardchickens.com/articles/cold-weather-poultry-housing-and-care.72010/

How many chickens do you plan on having?

My own Little Monitor Coop is designed to meet all the minimums for 4 hens.

This is a great article on chickens' space needs: https://www.backyardchickens.com/articles/how-much-room-do-chickens-need.66180/

And one on heights: https://www.backyardchickens.com/articles/coop-stack-up-how-high-stuff-works-well.73427/

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