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I know people state a size when making a coop but how many chickens & what size coop do you
Have & do you free range
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Edited by worms7 - 11/30/15 at 2:44am
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I am just finishing my coop. 1.2mx1m plus 2 laying boxes, It's in a run area 2.4x1.5m roughly and I plan to free range them in the yard over the day. I have 7 eggs in the incubator so will have seven in there until I can identify the roos. A bit crowded to start with from my reading, I have never had chickens before so hope I'm doing OK.
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I have 12 bantams. My coop is 10x10 and 6ft. tall, the run is 10x30x6. My setup has room for a few more, but not too many.  I don't free range.

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We have 6 chickens. The coop is 8' x 18' (8' x 9' is used by the chickens, other 1/2 is storage). It has 8' walls, maybe 10' in center. The run is 8' x 16' with 8' walls, maybe 9' in center.
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2 Buff Orpingtons, 4 Black Sex Links,. 1 Golden Retriever, 1 "old man" cat and 2 Betta.
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You might follow the link in my signature to get some of my thoughts on size. I don’t believe in magic numbers but instead give you things to consider. We are each so unique that one magic number cannot fit us all.

My facilities consist on an 8’ x 12’ walk-in main coop, a 12’ x 32’ run, plus an area roughly 45’ x 90’ inside electric netting. In addition I have a 4’ x 8’ elevated grow-out coop. An 8’ x 12’ section of the main run can be isolated with this grow-out coop. Inside that electric netting I have another 4’ x 8’ coop on the ground. When the main coop is really crowded I sometimes keep a broody hen and her chicks out there at night just to reduce the numbers in the main coop.

My normal laying/breeding flock consists of one rooster and between 6 and 8 hens. At times my total number gets to over 40 chickens of various ages, many fairly young. When they get to butcher age the cockerels go into the freezer but I usually keep the pullets around a while so I can evaluate them as replacements. Last summer I had 7 hens and 14 pullets all laying at the same time.

Right now I have 6 hens and one rooster in the main coop. With them are 7 cockerels and 2 pullets, 20 weeks old. I’m waiting for a decent weather day to put those cockerels in the freezer. I also have 11 ten-week-old chicks sleeping in the grow-out coop but roaming with the main flock during the day. Once those cockerels are gone I’ll move them to the main coop.

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http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/how-much-room-do-chickens-need

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When you come to a fork in the road, take it.

 

"If you make every game a life-and-death proposition, you're going to have problems. For one thing, you'll be dead a lot." — former North Carolina coach Dean Smith

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/how-much-room-do-chickens-need

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I have 3 coops that are 10x10 with a 10x20 run attached to each.

 

Coop 1 I have my 8 laying hens. They are coming 2 yr olds and consist of 2 Buff Orps, 3 Black Aussies and 3 EEs. I did have an English Orp cockerel in with them, but he went to freezer camp this past weekend.

 

Coop 2 I have my 11 Cream Legbars. They are 3 to 3 1/2 months old.I have 2 cockerels and will be moving them into coop 1 in the next couple of months.

 

Coop 3 I have 3 Splash English Orps. I sold 2 Blues and put my other Splash cockerel in freezer camp. I have these 3 up for sale, so when this pen opens, I will be able to split up my Legbar pen.

 

I really try to keep 10 or less chickens per coop. They could hold more, but I find this number works well for me. They all like to hang out in the coop, so I want plenty of room for them.

 

I do not free range. I still have one pasture fence to put up and I have 2 dogs that were not raised around chickens. I know one or both would get a chicken if it was out running around, so I keep them all up.

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Chickens need Ventilation!

Do your chickens need more room?

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Best ever bucket feeder!

Best ever bucket waterer!

Chickens need Ventilation!

Do your chickens need more room?

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I know people state a size when making a coop but how many chickens & what size coop do you
Have & do you free range
Cheers

Don't think free ranging can allow you to skimp on coop size or not building a secure run.

Predators events can have you wanting/needing to keep your birds confined for days/weeks/or long term.

 

Climate also has a bearing on coop size and run design.

 

That said:

My coop is 6' wide x 16' long for winter...length can be split to 12' and 4' for growing out chicks in spring/summer.

Main run is 8' x 50' in 'L' shape, partition run(for coop split) is 8' x 12'....almost all mesh roofing, very little weather protection.

Keep 15 birds over winter and have had up to 30 in spring/summer with chicks growing out.

15 is fine for winter with limited outside time due to snow depth and brutal temps, 30 got crowded even in summer.

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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