Originally Posted by irishsilkie
believe me from experience 25hens can fit in a 5ft x 3 foot coop just fine
25 hens will fit in the cardboard box my 55 inch flat screen tv came in too, but I'm not going to stuff them in there and keep them that way.
Meep beep is simply giving out the same info that's listed in plenty of books , magazines, threads,etc it is considered the standard for keeping chickens without picking, fighting, etc.
The suggestion of 250sqft of run is not unreasonable, this is run not coop. There is no way you are going to keep 25 chickens in a 3x5 coop, how are you going to have enough roost bars so they aren't crapping on each other, nest boxes, feeders, waterers if necessary to store inside, ventilation without drafting and chilling them to death. If you are in a cold climate you expect that number of birds to live in this small area for months in end without going out in the run? That will cause major issues.
The advice you are giving at a minimum results in terrible animal husbandry which could very quickly turn into a neglect/abuse situation depending on how well you could actually manage this situation which is doubtful. Battery farms would be better living conditions than what you describe at least the birds would be caged and not living amongst a whole flock of cramped, ornery flockmates who are likely having behavior issues.Edited by blucoondawg - 4/16/16 at 9:46pm