Vince is being so darned agreeable with this new coop . . it scares me! If there was something he wanted, I would be sure he was preparing to tell me he’s buying something big but I can’t think of anything he might want. That’s how agreeable he’s being! Once we got past the conversation of “Why do we need more chickens?”, it’s been smooth sailing!
The “footprint” is going to be 8′ x 16′, which makes it a lot larger than our other coops. About 15″ will be for laying/nesting boxes so that will leave the floor space being about 6.5′ x 16′, which technically is enough space for 26 chickens. We’re going to try free-ranging within the confines of the orchard fence so if we ended up with 30 chickens in there, I wouldn’t feel bad because they’re going to be outside except when they’re inside laying or sleeping.
It will be a bit of a learning experience as to how many roosters to keep. My preference is 1 rooster per 6 – 8 hens but a whole lot depends on how many of each breed hatches.
I have 6 Iowa Blues so ideally, I will have 5 hens and 1 rooster. No matter how many hens there are, I’ll only keep 1 Iowa Blue rooster.
Same with the Black Copper Marans, Lavender Marans, Olive Eggers, Bielefelders and Speckled Sussex since I only have 6 or 7 of those eggs. I have 12 Black Australorp eggs so it will depend on how many of those hatch as to how many I keep. There’s still room for 4 or 5 chickens in with the Dominiques if we need to put some in there.
Vince will get the forms all set for the corners and then the builder will come and help with getting it all framed up and finished. If no baby chicks hatch . . we’ll have a nice new coop with nothing to put in it!