Originally Posted by LukePalmer
I have a 16m2 roofed run. Not sure what that works out in ft I'm terrible with maths. I also have a hen house that stands high enough of the ground so birds don't lose any ground space. I'd most defiatly be letting the girls out during the day for a few hours as we are pretty predtor safe here. I'd just like to know honestly how many would be happy. Not just ok but generally comfortable and happy. I'm gonna be buying some soon and want the best for the flock. I'd love to get 6. My hen house has 6 nesting boxes. My friends a carpenter so has built it with extra room etc. Would love a reply for this. Many thanks guys
You don't have to be good at math, Google knows everything!
16m2 = ? sq ft
The general rule for birds that do spend time in the coop is 4 sq ft (.37 m2) minimum and 10 sq ft (.93 m2) for the run. You don't say how big the coop is but the run is well more than the minimum for 6 large fowl. They will take more than the minimum if they can get it My 16 birds complain when they are "trapped" in an area that is 10X the minimum run space. Why? Because they get to be outside that space when we are home and they have their favorite resting and foraging spots.
As for nest boxes, 3 will easily suffice for 6 birds and you will likely find that they would rather be in a nest that another girl has laid in than have one with their name on it for exclusive use. That said, they individually will most likely have a favorite nest and get bent out of shape when they are ready to lay if "their" nest is occupied by another girl.