will my coop work

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by ticks, Apr 24, 2008.

  1. ticks

    ticks Pheasant Obsessed

    Apr 1, 2008
    The Sticks, Vermont
    Hi, I just purchased a coop intended for chicks for up to 6 months. Since we are cheap we are going to use it for adults. It looks like a rabbit hutch and it is 4x3 and it is on stilts. we have 6 hens and 1 rooster (hopefully) they are goimg to be freerangers will this work. If not my dad and I are going to build and extension for them. They do not have a lot of shelter in thier from predators.
  2. ascott1978

    ascott1978 Songster

    Apr 4, 2008
    Joshua, Tx
    I've commonly heard that you need at least 10" of roost space per bird. I recommend a slightly larger area with more protection from the element (rain, predators, & climate).
  3. Dreamthief

    Dreamthief Hatching

    Apr 21, 2008
    Frankfort, KY
    I heard 4 square per bird of roost, 10" per bird of run.

    Based on your size I would say 3 full size hens (for best productivity and greatest bird happiness). But I'm new and do not own any birds yet so I'll shut up now. [​IMG]
  4. Dawn419

    Dawn419 Lost in the Woods

    Apr 16, 2007
    Evening Shade, AR
    The general rule is 4 square feet per bird (standard) in the coop, 10 square feet per bird (standard) in the run. For roosts, 8 -10" of space per bird for larger breeds.

    Hope this is some help!


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