How Big Should My Chicken Coop Be?
One thing I learned fast raising chickens is that the chicken coop should be bigger than you originally plan for it to be. At first, a lot of people start off thinking they just want a few chickens for eggs and that they can tuck a cute little hutch in the back corner of their yard. Some can get away with this, but others… like me… forget it.
There is a common term among chicken owners called “chicken addict” it is a real thing. Ok, well it isn’t like a disease or something you will need treatment for. You just need to know it can happen and to make sure you are ready for it, BUILD BIGGER.
Basically chickens need about 2 square feet of floor space per bird. So if you have 10 birds, a 20 square foot floor space is sufficient. Which means your coop can be 5ft x 4ft in dimensions. I do recommend that if you stick to this rule that you make sure your coop is high enough for plenty of roost space.
Reasons to build a bigger chicken coop
Cut down on crowding
Less chance of disease
Improve egg production
Happier chickens (this will help improve egg production!)
So you can add more chickens, because remember- it can be addicting!
Easier to clean (tall enough to walk in)
Add a full size window (more light=more eggs!)
Adequate number of nest boxes
Remember that when you first bring your chicks out to the coop from their grow out pen, it will seem too big for them and you may think you over built (or ordered). Your full grown birds will be significantly larger and will be happier with the space!
For more information on adequate shelter read our Chicken Care post
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