The Easter chicks are five weeks old and moved out to the little coop on Saturday! The 4′ x 4′ coop is 16 square feet. At four square feet per bird and one foot of roost space, this coop would only be appropriate for four adult chickens. However, these small chicks require less room, about 2 square feet apiece and 4 inches of roost space. It’s a bit tight for 11 chicks, but with their outdoor run and good sanitation, they will be alright until they can move to the large coop (yet to be constructed.)
I have outfitted this coop with a 2″ x 4″ roost, a 2-gallon bucket waterer with chicken nipple (homemade and to be explained in a later post), window screen covering the hardware cloth windows to block out mosquitos, and a solar shed light. When they are out in the run and it is time to come in for the evening, the light inside will allow them to see that the coop is safe and they will feel comfortable coming in. The feeder is currently in the coop but will eventually be stationed outside in the run. For the first few days, they will spend most of their time in the coop to learn that it is their home.