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So your chicks are almost chickens, and now it’s time to construct a coop for them. With the variety of floor plans and layouts available it is easy to get overwhelmed and confused. In this article we will discuss some of the various types of chicken coop designs and their purposes. There are a few things to take into consideration when deciding on which chicken coop design to use. Those are: size and number of chickens, space available for construction, portability needs. All of these things are important. For instance if you only have a few chickens and want to have the freedom to move your coop, then a portable coop may be best for you.

We’ll start with small coops of course. Now small coops are best used for a minimum number of chickens. The smallest of which holds only two chickens and the largest a mere six. These coops are not designed for those who would raise chickens for profit, but more for them who raise them for personal enjoyment. The small coops are mostly fashioned in the way of a miniature playhouse with all around fencing. This is to prevent the chickens from flying out and wandering about your neighbor’s property.

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Medium sized coops are constructed much the same as their smaller counterparts, with the ability to hold even more chickens. A good sized medium coop can hold nearly twice the amount of chickens as the small coop, but is still not ideal for those who wish to raise chickens for profit. Whether from the chickens themselves or their eggs, the number of chickens you can raise in a small or medium coop will not produce enough of either to be profitable. Small and medium sized coops are also the ideal size if you wish to have a portable coop. Even if you choose to raise many chickens, if you need to have the freedom of a moveable coop it would be wiser to build several medium sized portables, than a large or tractor sized portable; as the latter would be very cumbersome to move about.

This brings us to the larger coop designs. With large coops, the sky is the limit. You can build them as large as needed to accommodate the number of chickens you need. While the general standards for a run are 6 sq ft per chicken, 10 sq ft is what enthusiasts recommend. This means that for twenty chickens, you should be sure that you have 200 sq ft of space outside of the coop’s footage, for run space.

If you live in an urban area, a closed in portable chicken coop will probably be what works best for you. Closing in the coop area will prevent your pets from becoming your neighbor’s pests, as well as reduce the chances of them getting loose and getting hit by passing cars or neighborhood pets such as dogs or cats. However, in the country this is not as large an issue.

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