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 Chillin' With My Peeps

    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 New Egg

    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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