How do I prepare this area for housing chickens?

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Wondering how large of chicken coop for a dozen chickens? How large of area to fence in around coop? And if soft pine needles are good flooring for chickens?

q how do i preparethis area for housing chickens
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  • Polly Fuller Polly Fuller on Sep 25, 2018

    a 6x8 coop would be big enough for 12 chickens. give the chickens at least a 12x 15 area to scratch around. excluding the coop.

  • Bijous Bijous on Sep 25, 2018

    Hi. Chickens need sunshine to lay. They also like to scratch in the dirt to get insects and explore. Crowding them causes undo stress. So free range as much as possible. The coop can be, however, 3 sqft per hen. And they like a clean area. Make sure your chicken coop is easy to clean, as well as their pen area; it's not for the faint of heart (or smell or anything else).

  • Kelly-n-Tony Kelly-n-Tony on Sep 25, 2018

    Pine needles are fine but you will want to change them periodically. My fave is sand as you just rake it around and don't need to change it out like pine needles or wood chips.

  • Karen Karen on Sep 25, 2018

    Great answers....very helpful.

  • Michelle Michelle on Oct 10, 2018

    Check out backyard chicken forum

  • Kmdreamer Kmdreamer on Oct 10, 2018

    Rake clear area up

  • Betsy Betsy on Oct 10, 2018

    Hi Kar: Whatever you do, make sure you have a top on the pen to keep the hawks from taking off with your brood. They are fast and deadly, the chickens won't see them coming! It can be chain link or even chicken fencing, just keep those hawks away. Also, have an area where there is just dirt so that the chickens can dig around and look for worms. My grandmother had chickens and they loved digging in the dirt! If you can have a couple of areas for them to dig, they will love it! She even had a dip in the ground that my grandpa lined with concrete on the edges and made a little pond for them. Those were some spoiled chickens:) A good chicken house, with a heater if it gets cold where you are, would be good too. Here is a site for you to check out.


    https://morningchores.com/chicken-coop-plans/


    Good luck.