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What size coop???

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by jwatts, Apr 18, 2011.

  1. jwatts

    jwatts Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi again,i have 10 chicks,(rir,barred rocks,golden sexlink) my question is what size coop/pen should i build for them? I was thinking of a coop around 4'x8'x8'tall or 4'x10'x8'tall with about a 4'x10'12' caged pen. Will this be to small?? any help greatly appricieated,thank you
     
  2. chuckzoo

    chuckzoo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A lot depends on your climate and how much time they will be spending in the coop. Generally the "accepted" size is 4sq ft per bird in the coop and 10sq ft for each chicken in the run.
     
  3. laboroflove

    laboroflove Out Of The Brooder

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    So a 12x16 would be ideal for 12 birds? Am I doing the math right? It has been a while. LOL [​IMG]
     
  4. countryway1422

    countryway1422 Out Of The Brooder

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    the 4 x 8 is to small...the outside pen should be atleast 10x10
     
  5. Nicole01

    Nicole01 Overrun With Chickens

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    Quote:I believe the minimum for 12 birds would be 12x4. [​IMG] That's just the coop without the chicken run.
     
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  6. laboroflove

    laboroflove Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:I believe the minimum for 12 birds would be 12x4. [​IMG]

    Oh please. Now I feel dumb! [​IMG] LOL I see now. Thanks. LOL
     
  7. plucker

    plucker Out Of The Brooder

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    The math is simple. Just multiply # chicks by 4 (12 chick = 48 sqft) and then build a coop where length x width is than or bigger.

    12 x 4 =48
    16 x 3 = 48
    more likely 6 x 8 = 48
    7 x 7 = 49
    5 x 10 =50

    Same with the run

    12 chicks x 10 = 120 sq ft

    12 x 10 = 120
    11x11 = 121
    8x15 = 120

    Sorry if this seems condescending but I have a history as a science/math tutor and so I could not help myself.
     
  8. Nicole01

    Nicole01 Overrun With Chickens

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    Quote:I believe the minimum for 12 birds would be 12x4. [​IMG]

    Oh please. Now I feel dumb! [​IMG] LOL I see now. Thanks. LOL

    I wouldn't worry. I'm new to chickens too. We still don't have our coop built and our oldest chicks are 4 weeks old already. I have all 5 girls in a dog kennel.
     

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