what size coop do you recommend I build for about 20 chickens

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Sean-ola, Jan 2, 2015.

  1. Sean-ola

    Sean-ola Hatching

    Dec 28, 2014
    central oklahoma
    Just curious if you'd have any recommendations about the approximate size of coop I should build for about 20 chickens.....
  2. Percheron chick

    Percheron chick Crowing

    Apr 12, 2013
    Boulder, Colorado
    I have 24 chickens and 7 guinea in a 12x12 converted horse stall. Plenty big even if they decide to stay inside in bad weather. They do free range every day.
    Last edited: Jan 2, 2015
  3. jeslewmazer

    jeslewmazer Songster

    Nov 24, 2009
    I would do about 40sq ft (6x7) and let them free range or build a nice run. Of course you can always do bigger. [​IMG] But unless you are doing nothing but free range I wouldn't go any smaller.
  4. dekel18042

    dekel18042 Songster

    Jul 18, 2013
    I would say at least 10 X 10 if not larger. 12 X 12 would be even better. If it hasn't yet, chicken math is sure to kick in and you don't what to have to get a new coop or build on an addition the minute you get more....
    It seems there is always a new breed you want to try. Trust me on this.
  5. Sean-ola

    Sean-ola Hatching

    Dec 28, 2014
    central oklahoma
    if I'm staining the wood, does color have any impact on the chickens? I'm sure that sounds silly but I'll ask BEFORE I build. lol
  6. cafarmgirl

    cafarmgirl Crowing

    If you want to go by the so called minimum space standards then you'd want 4 square feet of floor space in the coop per bird. However bigger is always, always better and besides that there are many factors that can affect the amount of space you need. Just consider that you will never be disappointed in having a good, roomy coop with plenty of room for your birds, however you will almost be guaranteed to be disappointed at some point with a coop that is too small. To many potential problems that can arise with to many birds in a tight coop.
  7. Folly's place

    Folly's place Free Ranging

    Sep 13, 2011
    southern Michigan
    Build big! As big as you can! I've got both standard and bantam chickens, with about five sq. ft. per bird, and it's as crowded as it could be in winter when they don't want to play in the snow. I have mellow breeds; more aggressive/ busy birds would need more space. Mary

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