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What chicken coop size do I need?

Eglu Pro setup in backyard with chickens in attached run

The right chicken coop size is crucial for every flock. Your hens’ home will need to safely and comfortably house them, and you’ll want to ensure that you have the correct size to accommodate your chickens. Appeal to all of the Goldilocks in your flock with our tips and coop sizing. Find the perfect coop size that’s not too big, not too small but just right.

The importance of the right chicken coop size 

Chicken coop size is important because hens need adequate space to roost at night and lay their eggs. Chicken coops with dedicated egg-laying areas are ideal so that your hens have a place to rest and a place to nest. This keeps your eggs clean and free from being smashed by roosting chickens. 

Your chickens’ coop should be large enough for your hens to feel comfortable and safe. Keep in mind that your hens’ house will mainly be used to sleep in at night and to lay eggs. Your hens will play, forage and be active outdoors, so their coop will only need to be large enough to maneuver into roosting or laying positions comfortably. 

It’s also important to not get a coop that’s too large – especially in colder climates. Hens huddle together during chilly weather, and a smaller coop will help contain their body heat within. If you know that you’re limited to keeping 3 or 4 hens, it’s best to go with a smaller chicken coop. But if you plan to keep more than 4 hens, their body heat will fill the space of a larger chicken coop. To get you started, check out our backyard chicken coop and care guide.

How much space is needed per chicken? 

There’s no exact formula for determining how much space to give chickens, and chicken coop sizes can vary.

Chicken Math 

The phenomenon “chicken math” plagues most chicken keepers when trying to calculate coop size per chicken. 

This is a term used when flock raisers acquire more chickens than they originally intended to. So, it’s always a good idea to get the biggest chicken coop you can for your space, should chicken math creep up on you. 

As a general rule, you’ll want to provide your hens with as much space as possible. This will allow ample space for your existing flock, as well as room to grow. 


Different breeds of chickens have varying space requirements, and each individual hen will have their own opinion of how close they prefer to be during roosting. 

Some breeds are larger than others so naturally a large chicken coop might be more beneficial to begin with – you can always add more coops in the future!

City or State Law

Some cities or states may require specific dimensions for your chicken coop based on the number of hens you have. Check with your city’s zoning department to see if there are chicken coop size requirements or restrictions before choosing your hen house. 

What to consider when deciding the perfect size chicken coop?

The Essentials

Before settling on your chicken coop size, make sure you consider the following: 

Coop Location

You’ll also want to consider if you want a mobile chicken coop or one that you’ll keep in a permanent location. Portable chicken coops are great for letting your chickens help mow your lawn, and are particularly helpful in areas that experience severe weather events. They can be moved to safety quickly and easily – while your flock remains safely inside.  

Chicken coops placed in a permanent location will need a chicken run or chicken fencing to be attached to or placed inside. This will allow your hens time outside of their house in safety, and keep them from areas you’d rather not have them pecking around in. 

First Time Chicken Keeping

Ultimately, choosing your chicken coop comes down to personal preference. Our beginner chicken coops are perfect for those starting out on their hen journey as they are easy to clean and maintain. Most chicken keepers would agree these are at the top of their list when it comes to selecting a chicken coop. At the end of the day, your ideal chicken coop size should be one that fits your needs and fits your flock inside.

Girl tending to chickens in the Omlet Eglu Cube

How to find the right chicken coop size for your flock

If you’ve already decided on which breeds of chickens you’re going to keep, it’s time to determine how many you want to have. If your city or HOA has restrictions on how many hens you can have at any given time, then your decision is made for you. 

There are still many different types and sizes of chicken coops to consider. Those with these restrictions can easily choose from our chicken coops for 2-4 chickens:

The Eglu Go 

  • Perfect for those needing a low-profile chicken coop
  • Ideal coop that keep hens that prefer roosting at ground level
  • Can also be used as additional housing for sick or injured hens
  • Coop size dimensions: L = 9ft 6in, W = 5ft 5in, H = 2ft 7.5in (measurements include run) 

The Eglu Go Up

  • Ideal for those wanting an elevated coop 
  • Can be converted into a mobile chicken coop easily with the addition of handles and wheels 
  • Coop size dimensions: L = 7ft 2in, W = 4ft 9in, H = 3ft 8in (measurements include elevation above ground level) 

The Eglu Cube 

Larger flocks can be housed comfortably in one of our large chicken coops. The Eglu Cube is recommended for: 

  • Flocks of up to 10 small breed chickens
  • Chicken keepers wanting to grow their flocks 
  • Both mobile and permanent setups 
  • Coop size dimensions: L = 7ft 7in, W = 5ft 1in, H = 3ft 10in (can be extended to 12ft with runs) 

How to increase the size of your current chicken coop

At Omlet, we have firsthand experience with chicken math. Expanding your flock’s space will likely be an ongoing endeavor. After all, unless your city or HOA says otherwise, you can never have too many chickens. 

Our walk in chicken runs can be extended indefinitely to accommodate your growing flock. 

  1. Simply choose your ideal dimensions using our online configurator.
  2. Attach the corresponding run extension to your existing walk in run.
  3. Our attached chicken coop runs can also be extended to up to 12 feet. 
  4. Place your order! 

You may also wish to add extra chicken coops for sleeping and laying space within your growing run. The addition of any of our Eglu chicken coops will offer lodging to your growing flock. Create different areas of your chickens’ area with chicken run partitions, which can separate your flock by breed, size, or temperament. Our chicken coop ideas might help you settle on your next steps. 

First-time chicken-keeping tips

Ready to get started keeping chickens? Once you’ve determined your coop size, here are some other things to check off before making the poultry plunge: 

  • Research what type of diet you will feed your hens. This could be regular laying feed, organic, non-GMO, or free-range pellets or crumbles. 
  • Decide if you want to start out with hens or chicks. There are pros and cons to each, but chicks will require additional equipment and care for the first 6-12 weeks of their lives. 
  • Prepare your yard and measure where you want your chicken flock’s home to be. This can help you determine if you would prefer a mobile or permanent setup. 

The perfect size with Omlet 

Choosing the chicken coop size that’s right for you is a big decision. But with Omlet, you can be sure that no matter the size of the coop, you’ll be getting a hen house or chicken tractor that’s been designed to last a lifetime. All of our chicken coops are built from the same heavy-duty, rot-free materials. Along with accessories to help your flock enjoy their space to the fullest.

Hens in their Omlet Eglu Go chicken coop

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