Will it be big enough?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by CoyoteMagic, May 4, 2007.

  1. CoyoteMagic

    CoyoteMagic RIP ?-2014

    I'm already looking ahead to the winter even though spring is just now upon us.

    I'm going to put the kids into tractors for the summer. Probably 3-4 per tractor. That way I can move them all around during the summer and make the most use out of the scratching and poop thru the yard and gardens.

    I'm looking at building a coop using pallets. Use the pallets for the basic support of the coop and cover it all in particle board.

    Question is.....

    Will a 8X4ft coop be big enough for 12 birds for the winter?
    I plan on plenty of roosts and nest boxes and they will have access to a 10X10 enclosed chainlink dog run during the day. I don't plan on using insulation. It does get a bit chilly here outside of Charlotte in the winter but not all that bad.

    So whacha think?!
  2. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress

    Feb 28, 2007
    South Eastern Indiana
    Seems it may be a bit small for 12. They need 4 sq ft per bird....that will house 8. ( standard size hens)
    8 x 4 = 32 sq ft divide by 4(sq ft they need) = 8 hens comfortably. So, you need 48 sq ft. I can't remember the sq ft for outside...but I think its more. Like 7 sq ft. So...12(hens) x 7(sq ft) = 84. Im not really sure about the outside tho. Maybe someone els can help ya there? Have fun building, and get lots of pics!

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