what kind of coop?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by beakkeeper, Jul 25, 2008.

  1. beakkeeper

    beakkeeper Songster

    Jul 20, 2008
    I am thinking of getting up to five chickens. How much space should I plan for?

    Also, the smell will be a problem. Is there a foolproof way to keep it down in the run/coop? My neighbors (city) will not be happy with a putrid odor hanging around their alley :mad:
    Last edited: Jul 25, 2008
  2. beakkeeper

    beakkeeper Songster

    Jul 20, 2008
    Oh, yeah, and I forgot to say this earlier:

    I am planning to put the coop itself in the garage and put a roof on it. There would be a chicken door out to the run and a person door into the rest of the garage. Is concrete an OK surface (with bedding, of course) and should the roof be solid (for COLD MN winters,) or just some sort of screen?
  3. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    The common feeling around here is 4 sq ft per chicken indoors plus 6-10+ sq ft per chicken in the run. For five chickens, that would be 20 sq ft indoors (like, a 4x5' coop or whatever) plus a run of 5x10' or so.

    BUT, please be aware that these numbers are largely pulled out of the sky and time-tested only in the sense of not having consistantly catastrophic results or anything like that [​IMG]

    Many of us would argue that more space is a lot better.

    Personally I do not feel comfortable keeping my chickens in less than about 10 sq ft per chicken (MINIMUM) *indoors*, and a run as big as I can stand to build it. *I* think they are much happier that way - everyone's entitled to their opinion and that's mine.

    In a cold climate I would have solid, probably insulated walls and ceiling for an in-garage coop (unless your garage is heated to at least 32 F or something weird like that [​IMG]). But I would also have windows for light/observation and VENTILATION, both to the outdoors (thru exterior wall) AND to the indoors of the garage. You will probably want to make extra sure you have good ventilation in this situation (yes, even in midwinter up north!!) not just for the chickens' health, which is the 'usual' issue, but also so as not to stench up your garage more than necessary [​IMG]

    Be aware that chickens create dust -- both bedding dust and a fine white greasy 'feather dust' when they are molting -- in case you have high white-glove standards for your garage stuff <g>

    Best way to keep down odor is to keep the area well-ventilated indoors and DRY (as possible) outdoors, and practice good sanitation i.e. clean things out regularly. You might consider a roofed run (the sides would still be mesh and thus plenty o' airflow) with a sand or gravel or mixed footing, all of which will encourage dryness.

    Good luck and have fun,

  4. Anny

    Anny Songster

    Apr 24, 2008
    Detroit Michigan
    I'm building my coop similar to yours. It's in a corner of my garage. With the run outside. Although I made mine raised because I liked that idea better...Seachick is another person on the forum who has a Garage coop, you can see her coop in the Coop Design page.

    You can see my coop as well if you look at my website. (click my name and then go to personal page)

    My coop isn't done yet but it's coming along.
  5. beakkeeper

    beakkeeper Songster

    Jul 20, 2008
    Thanks Anny

    I like your pics. Was it expensive, or relatively low cost?

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