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Official BYC Poll - How Many Square Feet Per Chicken?

Poll Results: How many square feet do you CURRENTLY have per chicken?

 
  • 1% (7)
    1
  • 6% (27)
    2
  • 11% (50)
    3
  • 16% (68)
    4
  • 7% (32)
    5
  • 6% (26)
    6
  • 5% (24)
    7
  • 4% (21)
    8
  • 2% (10)
    9
  • 7% (32)
    10
  • 30% (128)
    11 +
425 Total Votes  
post #1 of 165
Thread Starter 

feet-per-chicken.gifWe've got thousands of members and thousands of  very different setups for our chickens, so here is an official poll:

 

Main Poll: How many square feet do you CURRENTLY have per chicken?

 

 

 

 

 

You can also reply with more detail, specifically:

  1. Inside space per chicken
  2. Run space per chicken
  3. Free-range space per chicken

 

 

Looking forward to your replies!!!

 

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Rob - Married to my wife Emily for 13 years and have two daughters, 10 and 8.  Home to four hens
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post #2 of 165

For the poll, do you mean coop floor space?

post #3 of 165

11+ square feet in the coop per chicken.  About 5 square feet per chicken in the outside pen they get let into during the day.  

post #4 of 165

I have 4 sq. ft. per chicken in the coop, 50 sq. ft per chicken in my run/chicken moat.

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Cream Legbars and Ancona ducks are my love! Ancona duck hatching eggs for sale - NPIP certified.

Website: www.gustfrontfarm.webs.com

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post #5 of 165

33 sq feet in coop and run for 5 chickens.   

post #6 of 165

6 chickens, 4x8ft coop (pen still in progress) so... 5.33sq. ft per chicken.

current outside pen is only 6ft in diameter (circle), so 4.71sq ft. per chicken outside...

so in all my chickens have about 10sq ft each!

 

"The sleeping fox catches no poultry" 

 

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"The sleeping fox catches no poultry" 

 

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post #7 of 165

We have about 30 grown chickens.

 

In each coop (we have 3 - each measures at least 8'x8' ) there are at least 6 ft per bird....leaves room to grow.

 

The run is 50'x50' chain link fence (6' tall) and is divided equally into three separate smaller runs - so I can keep seperate breeds :-)

 

Free range space is about two acres - each group rotates the day they free range.

 

 

Here is a short video of our set up - before we added the third coop (now where you see the feeding area in the video)

 

Ugh...will post link tomorrow - can't do it from tablet...


Edited by Kelly G - 3/4/12 at 7:14pm

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..............and (drum roll)...........one brand new Papillon puppy who joined us in November!!

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One Norwegian Fjord,  4 British Shorthair cats, One darling husband............and getting ready to start a new life in N.C. mountains (summer 2014 when youngest graduates from high school).

 

..............and (drum roll)...........one brand new Papillon puppy who joined us in November!!

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post #8 of 165

I have almost 3.5 sq ft per bird, with 18 LF and 6 bantams.  Didn't do the square footage for the run, but it surrounds the coop on three sides, varying four to seven feet in width.  Don't know if that's the "legal" limit, but I know that 24 is the most I can have before they start getting cranky with each other.

 

Cannot free range because I have a family of hawks that live in the trees behind my house.  They are so regular at attacking the run that I don't dare let them out, even if I'm with them. sad.png

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I think true happiness can only be found in the wanton indulgence of animals  -  Hobbes

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post #9 of 165
Thread Starter 

Our current setup:

 

  1. Inside space per chicken: 3 ft.
  2. Run space per chicken: 5 ft.
  3. Free-range space per chicken: 200 ft.

 

They spend the night inside the main "coop" and then have free access to the covered run.  The entire setup is enclosed with chain-link fence.  

 

We have an auto coop door from the run which opens up to our side-yard.  This is where they hang out during the day.

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post #10 of 165

Working on our coop,   we have 27 chicks expecting some to be Roo's,  building an 8x10.    Looking at 200 sq ft for run,  they will free range during the day for set amount of time. 

 

4 Barred Rocks, 4 Light Brahmas, 5 RIR,, 1 WL, 1 Black Australorp, 1 SLW, and 3 bantams          Other creatures... 1 LeCheval Canadian Filly,  2 Chincoteague Ponies, 1 Hanoverian Gelding, 4 dogs, 3 cats,  Two kids, and one wonderful husband! 

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4 Barred Rocks, 4 Light Brahmas, 5 RIR,, 1 WL, 1 Black Australorp, 1 SLW, and 3 bantams          Other creatures... 1 LeCheval Canadian Filly,  2 Chincoteague Ponies, 1 Hanoverian Gelding, 4 dogs, 3 cats,  Two kids, and one wonderful husband! 

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