I am new to raising backyard chickens and have a very elementary question. Everything I am reading on the size of coop I require is 10 square feet per chicken (since mine are not able to free range). But, here is my question: Is the 10 sq/ft "including" my run, or is that strictly the size of the coop I need to make sure these girls have plenty of room? I am looking at a building a 10wx8d coop with a 10wx12L run which will make it 10x20 overall and achieve my 200 sq/ft. Will this be sufficient?
Chicken coop/run sizes
10x8 (80 SF) coop would be good for 20 hens, but a 10x12 (120 SF) run would only be good for about 12 chickens. You don't combine the areas, you calculate them separately.
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