I've been reading everything I can find online...some say give 2 square feet per bird. Some say 5 square feet per bird--geez! At 5 square feet, a 50 bird chicken coop would have it's own zip code!
How many square feet should my coop be for 50 birds? During the day they'll free range and will have the run of my 26 acres, so they'll just be "cooped up" at night.
Also, I've been looking at an endless number of coop plans online, but not knowing how many square feet I need per bird makes it difficult to decide. I just need a functional coop that's not a complete eyesore. I'm really not picky. Can anyone send me a link to a good coop for 50 daytime free ranging standard-size chickens?