what size chicken house do i need

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by blueseal, Apr 20, 2009.

  1. blueseal

    blueseal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i have 17 chicks and i was wondering how big of a house they would need from 8 weeks of age until 18 weeks. they are standard layers. this will be temperary until there old enough to go in with the big flock. they will have access to a 12x12 covered run also.
     
  2. joebryant

    joebryant Overrun With Chickens

    An 8x12 coop and the 12x12 covered run should suffice.
     
  3. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

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    From about 14 wks on they will be full-sized for all intents and purposes, and need pretty much full sized accommodations.

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  4. blueseal

    blueseal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i have a 10x12 coop that is currently housing 10 adult standards . trying to figure a way to house the 17 new ones because i know the little ones cant be in with the big flock until there adult size.
     
  5. redoak

    redoak Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Could you divide your current coop in half? There would be enough space for both flocks and they would "get to know" each other from the other sides of the wire.
     
  6. blueseal

    blueseal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:yes i could but the only problem is the little ones wouldnt have access to a run they would be cooped up until there big enough to go out with the big flock.
     
  7. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

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    That is an excellent idea and would pretty much completely solve your problem [​IMG]

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  8. blueseal

    blueseal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:yes i could but the only problem is the little ones wouldnt have access to a run they would be cooped up until there big enough to go out with the big flock.

    how much space would the chicks need theres 17 in all just dont want them to be to crowded i sectioned off a 6ft long by 4ft wide pen all ready but not sure if its enough.
     
  9. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

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    Just cut a new pophole and divide the run too [​IMG] Or possibly route them out a window (to section of run) via ramps.

    Good luck, have fun,

    Pat
     

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