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Chicken coop size?

16 years ago

I would really like to get a few chickens but I'm confused about housing them. I've been looking at pre-fab sheds - I thought I'd buy one then insulate it, add a set of steel nesting boxes and a perch or two as well as a chicken door and build an attached enclosed run. We would let them have free range during the day in the summertime, but we have cold winters here in upstate NY so they'd have to be confined to the coop in the winter. What size coop should I look buy? If I got a 6'x8' how many chickens would fit comfortably? How about an 8'x10'?

Also, is there anything else I should keep in mind when planning our coop?

Thanks so much!

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