So your after a new large chicken coop for 10 chickens. Well Ive had several coops in my time, I know whats good and what isn’t. and what isn’t will end up breaking and costing you money. I learnt the hard way – through my pocket, read my reviews here and don’t make the same rookie mistakes as me! I made these mistakes even as fourth generation chicken owner/farmer.
A new large chicken coop for 10 chickens will probably be the largest most expensive thing you purchase for you hens. So getting value for money along with something that will last is important.
There must 20+ coops on the market to buy for 10 chickens, but that’s my point, not all are worth buying.
A couple of pointers I’ve worked off to help narrow the selection down is:
Firstly allowing 8-10 inches (20-25cm) of roosting space width per bird. So that’s when the chickens are side by side on their roosting perch. More space than this is fine, less is not. Less than 8 inches roosting width space might be ok, if you have small bantams.
My chickens during the winter, cuddle up a bit closer to keep warm and in the summer do the opposite as they are keeping cool, yours will do this too.
Secondly head high, lets take a Rhode Island Red as ‘standard’ chicken here for comparison they stand at between 12-15”, now my Rhode Island Red rooster is slightly taller than his female counterparts and is around 18 inches tall. Head height is important not just so they are banging their heads, that’s paramount obviously, but also for ventilation.
Does having 10 chickens mean I need 10 nesting boxes? No! You need 2 – maximum 3 nesting boxes.
So Ive narrowed down the best 4…..so no matter what breed or size of chickens you have in your backyard- your covered!
I start the reviews with Bantams and move onto ‘normal’ size chickens straight after.
Best Chicken Coop for 10 Bantams
Bantams are smaller birds, so therefore take up less space. Ok that’s the scientific part out the way. If you have bantams, you won’t need a coop that would normally house 10 large chickens like for example the Rhode Island Red breed. This would be a waste of money and space for you.
This coop features:
- 4 roosting bars
- 2 roosting boxes that can be opened from outside so you can easier check if there are eggs
- ‘A Frame’ felt lined roof with good run off for rain water
- A galvanized pull out litter tray making cleaning chicken poop easy peasy. The metal means the poop won’t rot the wood.
Comes with a ladder so the birds can walk in and out easily. Not too high of the ground making it perfect for bantams who have short legs. Can be purchased with a run specially made for this model!
It can be purchased with a run too click here to check that out.
NB if your looking for a plastic chicken coop for 10 bantam chickens the ‘Snaplock Forex’ is the one you want. Its plastic so maintenance free and requires little assembly as all the parts just clip together. Its also made in the USA.
If a plastic coop takes your fancy be sure to check out this review below……………….
Best Large Chicken Coop for 10 Chickens
This ‘new’ design of chicken coops has a funky design and being plastic, is maintenance free. Plastic is super easy to clean and lasts a really really long time.
It comes with lots of additional after market features like a fitted thermal blanket to place over the top of the coop when its really cold. Although the coop is ‘double walled’ and so very well insulated, I this fact it has extras like the blanket. I think they are well built and very practical.
Would work really well if you had Silkies, Rhode Island Reds, Brahmas, Black or Polish chickens.
Now its advertised as ‘upto 10 chickens’ so if you have some very large chickens, say Jersey Giants, check the measurements before you purchase.
The main features for the Omlet chicken coop for 10 chickens are:
- Plastic & 100% recyclable
- Can be bought as just a coop or with the coop and run.
- Different run sizes available
- 2 year warranty!
- 7 easy assembly steps
- Assembly time is roughly 30 mins – with 2 people
- Has two long roosting bars at two different heights [great if you have different breeds]
- Great locking handles on all doors
- An automatic closing door can be added
This coop is very study but is the most expensive of my picks. You get what you pay for with this as its design is nearly flawless.
The roof slopes forward to keep the rain water off the nesting boxes, limiting the water that can get in there. The inner roof is coated silver to help keep it cool in the summer, great if you live in a hot climate.
Two well positioned vents on each gable end allow good ventilation but also air flow to pass through and out the coop. The vents are away from the roosting bars too meaning when your hens are asleep they won’t be in a draft and catch cold. This is well thought out.
The width is 52 ½ inches so less the wood on either side id say it has, but the manufacturer doesn’t state, 52 inches of roosting space per bar. With two bars that’s over 100 inches of roosting space means 10 chickens should be just fine in there.
The nesting boxes are on a different side to the roost bars meaning they won’t get pooped in. Trust me this is a big bonus. There are 3 nesting boxes which is ample for 10 chickens. There are good hinges on the coop all round, this is important as these are normally the first things to break on coops.
Remember I said I ‘nearly’ flawless. If you plan to open the window on the coop you’ll need some chicken wire or mesh behind it. Why? Because otherwise birds insects or rodents could get in. Bringing disease or stealing food and water from your chickens.
Another feature I really like is this coop is raised off the floor. Great for 3 reasons:
- It provides shade underneath for the chickens on hot days
- It helps keep the coop warmer during the winter months
- Means rodents/ vermin cant dig under and live their
………….Currently have 10 chickens but may want more in the future….(owning chickens is addictive!)
- 35-40 mins to build – with 2 people
- Just need a screw gun, screws are already started for you!
- Easy to fit an automatic door and they sell one specifically for the model.
- Easy to hang a heater in if you live in a very cold climate