10x10 run for 6 chickens?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Mattsculpt, Dec 24, 2011.

  1. Mattsculpt

    Mattsculpt Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 29, 2011
    Proctor, Arkansas
    I'm planning on building a 10' x 10' x 6' run for 6 chickens, an Easter Egger, a Black Astralope, a Buff Orpington, a Gold Laced Wyandotte, a light Brahma and a Welsummer. I'll have a 4' x 6' raised coop inside.
    I'm using 1/2 inch hardware cloth on the sides. A couple of questions, would it be OK to use 2"x4" fencing for the roof of the run to keep out hawks and other predators? How tall does the coop need to be inside? I want the bottom of the coop to be about waist high for ease of cleaning.

    BTY I did find a good use for chicken wire. I'm useing it to cover the cat run.
  2. ninabeast

    ninabeast Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 10, 2011
    Upstate New York
    Well, "they" say a minimum of 10 sq ft of run space per chicken, and 4 sq ft of coop space per chicken, so I think you're golden.
  3. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 26, 2011
    Upper Peninsula Michigan
    Fencing would keep out large birds, but you may want to consider netting in addition over the top to keep out small birds (potential disease carriers and food despoilers)

    According to chicken math you should plan on twice the amount of space for the 3 times the number of chickens that you will actually end up with [​IMG]
  4. bantam farm

    bantam farm Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 24, 2011
    it should be fine, that's about our situation and all the hens get along just fine
  5. clairabean

    clairabean Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 7, 2010
    Kootenays of BC!
    A great idea is to be able to stand up comfortable in the coop. This eases back pain!

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