When figuring sq. footage do you incude nest boxes?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Knock Kneed Hen, Jan 31, 2012.

  1. Knock Kneed Hen

    Knock Kneed Hen California Dream'in Chickens

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    I have a small bantam coop. It's 4 x 4 without the nest boxes, it's 4 x 6 with them. Do you count that area when figuring out square footage?
     
  2. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

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    I wouldn't count nest boxes as part of the floor space
     
  3. jamband

    jamband Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would def count it.....assuming the nest boxes are high enough off the ground that chickens can walk under them?
     
  4. groundpecker

    groundpecker Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would not count nest boxes as extra space, because they should be used for laying and brooding only..
     
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  5. Chemguy

    Chemguy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I wouldn't count the nest box area. The chickens aren't supposed to be there for anything other than laying, so it shouldn't contribute to the total area in which they are able to move about. It's a lot like the situation in which a garage is not considered living space and is therefore not included in the square footage of a home.
     
  6. mandelyn

    mandelyn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No, I wouldn't count it. It's neat when they're an add-on that hangs on the outside with an access lid. Mine are elevated to keep floor space. I have my roosts higher, to avoid roosting on the nests.
     
  7. jamband

    jamband Chillin' With My Peeps

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    ^^^^^^^

    if the boxes are elevated how can u not count it........if its floor space its floor space
     
  8. Bear Foot Farm

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    Quote: If they were "elevated" and inside, with floor space under them, the coop would be 4 X 6 whether you counted them or not.
    It sounds more to me like they are on the outside of the wall.
     
  9. jeepguy982001

    jeepguy982001 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i agree if they are external don't count them
     
  10. Knock Kneed Hen

    Knock Kneed Hen California Dream'in Chickens

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    Well, that's NOT what I wanted to hear!! :tongue :lol:

    Thanks everyone!
     

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