There are 5 important things to consider when deciding what size chicken coop you require.
Do you reside in a place where you have Bee Removal many acres available or do you live in a place where you juts have a garden. Backyard chicken coops have become ever more popular. Here are the size requirements per chicken:
3 to 4 square feet per chicken in the coop (minimum)
10 square feet per chicken in the run
250 square feet for free range hens
City and/or County Ordinances: ensure that you check with the city and or county because they may have specific restrictions or limitations. You may find restrictions like size or height limitations. Some cities may not allow you to raise chickens.
Number of Chickens: we’ve determined that our city does permit us to raise cows. We know the space requirements per chicken we could determine how many birds we could have. It’s recommended that you raise at least 3 chickens. So we have decided we want 4 chickens. Always keep in mind that the amount you start with has a tendency to get bigger rather than smaller. The majority of people who have backyard Chickens really enjoy the experience. Therefore, if you set up everything correctly 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. For 4 chickens this would be a total of 52 to 56 square feet. This would require an area approximately 6′ X 10′. If you want more chickens consider the space you have available and determine your size accordingly. If you’re going to permit the chickens to be open range during the day, space will be a factor if you are having backyard chickens.
Safety: Is your chicken coop and operate free from predators? Dogs, Raccoons and other animals will dig under the fence for your chickens. You want to consider building the fence to the ground to avoid burrowing by predators. You could consider pouring a concrete foundation under 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 benefits and can provide a shade for your chickens through the hot days.
Chicken coops come in all sizes and styles. You can build a simple square box type house or you may have a very stylish home with a fabulous architectural design. You also may want to take into account a “Kit” rather than cutting your own timber.
If you’re considering less than 4 to 6 hens a “kit” could be a reasonable option. To learn more about different Coop programs follow the link below.