Whats better, coops or small barn?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by mothernaturesdaughter, Jan 9, 2012.

  1. mothernaturesdaughter

    mothernaturesdaughter Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 13, 2009
    I am expanding my flock, and am trying to decide if I should do 4x8 coops or a small barn divided with and runs. I have not really done the math yet to decide which is best. I would think it would be easier to clean one large area, and easier for me to lock them up at night instead of counting heads and locking up 4 different coops. Which is more cost effective 4 4x8 coops or one say 2ox20 barn?
  2. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    If you have the choice...I'd choose the BARN!!!!

    I can not even describe to you in words very well the amount of work you will save by having ONE area to maintain.

    Once I had 11 coops/hutches going. Now I am down to one shed. And just ordered an automatic door opener/closer.

    Cost efffective- I'd consider the time saved for years and years!!!
  3. mothernaturesdaughter

    mothernaturesdaughter Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 13, 2009
    Thank you very much, I was thinking that it would be easier, but who knows maybe there is a downside to a barn instead of coops. I think it would be less susceptible to getting mold because of better airflow too.
  4. DinosRBirds

    DinosRBirds Hunted by Moonlight

    Feb 1, 2011
    Lake Huron,MI
    I wish my parents would let me use our barn , but "It's for the Horses."
    Last edited: Jan 9, 2012
  5. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Barn would be my choice. I hope someday to be able to build one, with divided pens and runs coming off those outside. One space, everything in one place. Much easier, IMO, than multiple coops like I have now. Of course, when we started, we didn't expect the hobby to snowball.
  6. Linn Bee

    Linn Bee Chillin' With My Peeps

    Bigger! Bigger is always better in the chicken world. One place for all feed, all care, all supplies, etc. Given the choice, the answer should always be barn over separate coops.
  7. WoodlandWoman

    WoodlandWoman Overrun With Chickens

    May 8, 2007
    Are you planning on living there forever? If you ever move, I think a barn would have better resale value for people that might not be interested in having chickens or that many chickens. It could be remodeled for other uses.
  8. N2Shown

    N2Shown Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 28, 2011
    Northern California
    My choice would be the barn as well. If I was starting from scratch I would look into setting it up so that the pens could be configured more than one way to maximize space when needed.
  9. dirtsaver

    dirtsaver Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 20, 2010
    Northern Kentucky
    A barn or shed,depending on how big you want to grow. If you have the room go barn. Since most barn kits use 24'trusses I'd go 20'x24' at least. If money and space allow step up to 24'x30'. Our barn is 24x30,serving as workshop,tractor shed,motorcycle garage,feed room and general storage and it's crammed full. I can't even get a car or truck in to work on them out of the weather! And I still have a hen house and a grow-out coop for the chickens!
  10. toofarout

    toofarout Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 14, 2011
    Fairbanks, Alaska
    A barn for sure!

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