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How big of a coop should i have for about 30 chickens?

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Hi I am ordering 26 baby chicks from Murray McMurray Hatchery soon and i want to know how big of a coop I need to have. I want some extra space in case I can get some more. Thanks!


Edited by Herechickychick - 2/16/09 at 7:33pm
post #2 of 8

I would do 200 sq ft as then you can have up to 50 birds! LOL But a good rule of thumb is 4 sq ft per chicken.

post #3 of 8

For 30 chickens you will need at least 120sq ft. A 10x12 coop for example. But if you are thinking of getting more, then I would build it quite a bit bigger. smile

post #4 of 8

You would also need to make sure your run is large enough - about 300 sf for 30 chickens.

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welcome-byc  Welcome to BYC!!  yippiechickie

The basic requirements are 4 sq feet per chicken in a coop and 10 sq feet per chicken in a run.  More if they will spend more time indoors during winter weather!!

Good Luck!!

Cindy

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Thanks!wee

post #7 of 8

I would do a 14x10. That's enough for 35 chickens! Or you can go a 12x12

Leah; owned by Willow, the world's best dog, and three buff rock bantams (Yams, Ginger, and Pumpkin.)
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Leah; owned by Willow, the world's best dog, and three buff rock bantams (Yams, Ginger, and Pumpkin.)
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I'm confused. I've been reading a lot and have not yet built my coop. I want to have 2-3 laying hens and then I want to buy 20 chicks for meat. Now those 20 will only be around for about 12 weeks and part of the time they'll be little. How much outside run space do I need in this situation? hmm   The permanent residence will only be 2-3 for 20-30 square feet but what about the temporary chickens? Thanks everyone. big_smile

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