The Best Chicken Coops for 4 Chickens
Looking to start your own backyard flock? 4 egg laying hens are the perfect number to get started. You're also going to want to find a cute little chicken coop that fits in your backyard.
What Size Chicken Coop Do I Need for 4 Chickens?
Experts often recommend a square footage of 2-3 feet per chicken on the interior of the coop plus 8-10 feet of outside space. More is better, though! If you're planning to have four hens, you should look for chicken coops that provide at least 12 feet of interior space for your flock (the more the better!).
Chicken Coop Kits
The Colonial Gable Chicken Coop by Little Cottage Co. is a perfect starter coop for a backyard chicken keeper. The 4x6 size is ideal for about four to six chickens. It's 4 feet wide and 6 feet long, giving it a total interior square footage of just 24 feet (not including nest boxes). It more easily accommodates four to six hens if you're able to free range the chickens during the daytime. We also have versions that you can freely move around your yard with an attached run. Or, if you're feeling crafty, build a run yourself!
The Gambrel Barn Chicken Coop by Little Cottage Co. is another perfect beginner chicken coop. Like the Colonial Gable, the 4x6 size is ideal for four to six chickens though it can accommodate more than that! It's 4 feet wide and 6 feet long, giving it a total interior square footage of just 24 feet (not including nest boxes). Like the Colonia Gable, this coop works very well with an attached run and also comes in a wheeled version!
DIY Chicken Coop Options
The Kerr Center, based in Oklahoma, is a promoter of sustainable agriculture. They produced this DIY chicken coop plan that looks great and is relatively easy to move around your yard.
We love this chicken coop plan by Ana white. She estimates that most can build it for under $100. Because the roost and nest boxes are elevated over the run area, the birds have access to a 60"x90" (around 37 square feet) outdoor area. Not to mention it looks great too!