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hi friends I know this is the wrong place to ask but I asked in the appropriate forum and never got a answer sad.png. How many chickens will a 4x8 hen house hold? really worried cause I have 10 coming and hubby won't build bigger. I hope I don't have to give away any of my brand new chicks!! will they fit????
post #2 of 8

It depends on what kind of chickens they are.

 

Heavy breeds when grown require 4 square feet per chicken. 

4x8 = 32 square feet  so 10 chickens should have about 40 square feet.   If you have outside pen they should be fine.  You just may have to clean a bit more often.

 

 I have 30 hens and rooster in a 12x12 stall with a 12x12 run and they are doing just fine.   I clean and change bedding very week.    I have cochins and wyandottes.    Hope this helps.

I live in Northeastern New Mexico. Live on a 2.5 acres with my husband of 38 yrs.(husband pass away 6/13/16), 2 dogs, 2 cats,    I have SLC, Blue laced Red Wy, Partridge Cochin, Blue, Black & White Cochins, Americanas, Cuckoo Marans Roo, Dominque Roo,  Blue Bar Roo, Buff Orps, Lavender Wy, Black & Blue French Cooper Marans, French Wheaton Marans, Cuckoo Marans , Dominque , Blue bar  Whiting...

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I live in Northeastern New Mexico. Live on a 2.5 acres with my husband of 38 yrs.(husband pass away 6/13/16), 2 dogs, 2 cats,    I have SLC, Blue laced Red Wy, Partridge Cochin, Blue, Black & White Cochins, Americanas, Cuckoo Marans Roo, Dominque Roo,  Blue Bar Roo, Buff Orps, Lavender Wy, Black & Blue French Cooper Marans, French Wheaton Marans, Cuckoo Marans , Dominque , Blue bar  Whiting...

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post #3 of 8
I do agree it depends on the breeds, but you should be okay, but that's the maximum number I would put into it, but you should have a good sized run or some free ranging.
Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

I brake for squirrels.

Some of my birds.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/my-wisconsin-flock
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Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

I brake for squirrels.

Some of my birds.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/my-wisconsin-flock
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post #4 of 8
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Thank you all so much! They are all standard size actually large size. I'm glad my bantams have their own tiny house smile.png The breeds are 7 Barred Rocks, 1 silver penciled rock, 1 Golden cuckoo Maran, and 1 suprise breed layer?? ( could be anything??)
Edited by realsis - 3/19/16 at 5:19pm
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I waited four years , I just wish he would have made it bigger.... but as long as it will do. they have a large run and 10,000 sq feet free range space but I live in the flight line of so many hawks! well we make due with what we can. I think I'm going to expand my run myself. I think I can do it?? Things have been harder lately having kidney disease....
Edited by realsis - 3/19/16 at 5:25pm
post #6 of 8
They should be okay, give your birds stuff to hide under for hawks, mine will mostly stick near trees and shrubs. That's a nice mix. I am familiar with chronic health problems, chickens are good for making stuff like that go away for a while, and for making days more enjoyable.
Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

I brake for squirrels.

Some of my birds.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/my-wisconsin-flock
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Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

I brake for squirrels.

Some of my birds.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/my-wisconsin-flock
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Originally Posted by oldhenlikesdogs View Post

They should be okay, give your birds stuff to hide under for hawks, mine will mostly stick near trees and shrubs. That's a nice mix. I am familiar with chronic health problems, chickens are good for making stuff like that go away for a while, and for making days more enjoyable.

isn't that the truth!! if it wasn't for my critters I just don't know how I'd make it. it absolutely gives me something to look foward to and I really enjoy the people/chicken bond!!! I'm doing a bit better although I will need a future transplant. I went from 20% total kidney function to 40% which is a miracle in itself!! although 40% is less than half and so many issues come with failing kidneys! but my little babies make the day a whole lot brighter!! smile.png just hope they all get along with my new ones! smile.png so excited they are in the hatchery incubator now! please say a little prayer they make their long trip home alive and well!
Edited by realsis - 3/19/16 at 7:15pm
post #8 of 8
I will be wishing good thoughts for both you and your chicks.
Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

I brake for squirrels.

Some of my birds.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/my-wisconsin-flock
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Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

I brake for squirrels.

Some of my birds.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/my-wisconsin-flock
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