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Livestock => Poultry & Waterfowl => Topic started by: congo181 on February 10, 2015, 11:03:55 am

Title: Coop dimensions
Post by: congo181 on February 10, 2015, 11:03:55 am
Morning all.
After previous help on coops I decided to build my own and am well underway.

Can someone help me with some dimensions of the following please:

Pop Hole size.
Ramp to pop hole width and maximum slope.
Nest Box size (per compartment)
Roost pole size
Roost pole height from floor
Relationship between roost and nest boxes.  I am lead to believe that the roosts should be higher?

The coop I am building is pretty large, approximately 2m x 1m x 1m plus a 45' pitched roof from corrugated tin on top.  It also sits on 500m legs.
Title: Re: Coop dimensions
Post by: Rosemary on February 10, 2015, 11:21:11 am
On ours, the pop holes are about 12"x12'. Our popholes are at ground level but we have internal ladders that go up to the perches - these are about 6" wide and at quite a steep angle and the hens manage fine.

The nest boxes are about 12" x 12" as well;the roost poles are 2" x 2" square with the corners shaved off for comfort. The roost poles should be higher than the nest boxes but not that high that they bump their heads - ours are probably too high at 2 1/2 feet, hence the ladder for getting up and down.

Others will have other information but that's what ours are like and they seem to work pretty well.
Title: Re: Coop dimensions
Post by: HesterF on February 10, 2015, 04:36:01 pm
It also depends on the breed of chicken you're keeping. I got some coops from Wells (before he took everybody's money and ran off) and they're a lovely size but the perches are about 18in up with only about 12in clearance under the roof and my Orps don't touch them. They'd rather huddle in a corner that leap that high only to bump their heads!
Title: Re: Coop dimensions
Post by: congo181 on February 10, 2015, 05:40:24 pm
Thanks both for the reply.
I have cut the pop hole at 14" x 12" which seems a good compromise.
I have this afternoon made the roosting trays, with 2" square roost bars as suggested by Rosemary.
Attached picture shows them in-situ - perhaps they are too high then?  What do you think?

I want to just have non-fussy layers, not bantams.  I was thinking Ambers, Rhodes, maybe Legbars.
Title: Re: Coop dimensions
Post by: Victorian Farmer on February 11, 2015, 05:18:22 pm
about a foot and half openings nest boxes 6 in a row 12 hens in this pen and have 4 pens in  total .
Title: Re: Coop dimensions
Post by: congo181 on February 11, 2015, 05:28:42 pm
Thanks again everyone.
I'll go with somewhere between 12x12 and 12x18 then.
Got the roof on today - suddenly starting to look like a coop!