Choosing the Proper Chicken Coop Size

by Lauren R

Published July 5, 2023

Summer is here, and with the warm weather comes the opportunity to embark on new outdoor projects. If you’re considering keeping chickens, one of the most crucial decisions you’ll need to make is selecting the right chicken coop. In a previous blog post, we discussed some essential considerations when choosing a chicken coop, such as height, ventilation, and additional features. Now, let’s dive deeper into the topic of coop sizes and provide a comprehensive guide to help you determine the appropriate coop size for your flock.

Coop Size and Flock Capacity:

The size of your chicken coop should be based on factors such as the number of chickens in your flock, the size of the birds, and whether they will have access to free-range or an outdoor run. Providing sufficient space is essential for the well-being of your chickens. Here at Meyer Hatchery, we recommend giving your birds a minimum of 2-3 sq feet per bird in the coop. Here’s a helpful infographic that outlines the recommended minimum square footage for various flock sizes:

Chicken Coop Size - Meyer Hatchery - infographic

**Please note that these are minimum coop recommendations, these do not include the run space that is also essential for your chickens. Providing more space is always beneficial for the happiness and health of your chickens. Giving them room to move around, perch, and engage in natural behaviors is necessary.

elevated chicken coop - meyer hatchery - graphic

Coop Height and Elevated Floor Plans:

While considering the size of your chicken coop, it’s also important to think about the coop’s height. If you opt for a coop that doesn’t allow you to walk inside comfortably, an elevated floor plan can be an excellent solution. Coops on “stilts” or raised platforms not only make cleaning easier but also prevent the coop floor from staying damp and rotting.  Additionally, an elevated coop can provide better protection against predators, as the coop doesn’t rest on the ground and can’t be dug into, while also providing some additional covered run space if the area below the coop is enclosed too.

Ventilation for Healthy Chickens:

Proper ventilation is crucial for the well-being of your chickens. Without adequate airflow, ammonia can build up quickly, leading to health issues. To ensure your flock stays happy and healthy, select a coop that allows stale air to be replaced with clean, fresh air. Providing vents on either end of the coop facilitates proper air circulation and helps maintain optimal conditions for your chickens.

Choosing the right chicken coop size is a critical step in providing a comfortable and healthy living space for your flock. By considering the number of chickens and the minimum square footage outlined in the provided infographic, you can ensure your chickens have ample space to thrive. Additionally, paying attention to coop height, ventilation, and other factors will further enhance the functionality and comfort of your coop. Remember to prioritize the well-being of your chickens and provide them with a safe and spacious environment.

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