There are 5 important items to consider when deciding what size chicken coop you need.
Space: How much space do you have? Do you reside in a place where you have Raccoon in Atticmany acres available or do you live in an area where you juts have a garden. Backyard chicken coops are becoming increasingly popular. Here are the size requirements per chicken:
10 square feet per chicken at the run
250 square feet for free range hens
City and/or County Ordinances: Make sure that you check with the city and or county because they may have certain restrictions or limitations. You might find limitations like size or height limitations. Some cities may not let you raise chickens.
Number of Chickens: we’ve determined that our town does permit us to raise chickens. Now that we know the distance requirements per chicken we can determine how many birds we can have. It is recommended that you raise three or more chickens. So we’ve decided we need 4 chickens. Most backyard owners have between 4 to 10 chickens. Always keep in mind that the number you start with has a tendency to get larger rather than smaller. The majority of people that have backyard Chickens really enjoy the experience. So if you set up everything properly in the beginning you should have the same positive experience.
Size of the Coop: Our chicken coop should be at least 12 to 16 square feet. The run should be 40 square feet. For 4 chickens this would be a total of 52 to 56 square feet. If you would like more chickens consider the space you have available and determine your size accordingly. If you’re going to permit the cows to be open range during the day, space will be a factor if you are having backyard chickens.
Safety: Is your chicken coop and run free from predators? Dogs, Raccoons and other animals will dig under the fence for your own cows. You need to consider building the fence to the ground to avoid burrowing by predators. You could look at pouring a concrete foundation below the fence line. You will want at least 2 1/2 feet clearance between the bottom of your coop and the ground. This has many advantages and can offer a shade for your own cows during the hot days.
Chicken coops are available in all styles and sizes. You can construct a simple square box type home or you may have a very stylish house with a fabulous architectural design. You also might want to consider a “Kit” instead of cutting your own timber.
If you are contemplating less than 4 to 6 hens a “kit” could be a sensible option. To learn more about different Coop plans follow the link below.