4 square feet per chicken?

ekofke201

Songster
8 Years
Dec 27, 2011
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Southern PA
Our coop is nearly finished, but just so that I am clear.... If the general rule of thumb is 4 square feet per chicken, that the coop and the run combined, right? Our run will be quite large for 7 chickens and 2 ducks, but there certainly is not that much space in the coop itself. They'll just be sleeping in there, right? This has always been my understanding. Thoughts?
 

Fred's Hens

Crowing
Premium Feather Member
9 Years
You are right. It is a general rule, not a law descended from on high.

The 4 feet idea speaks to the coop only. This supposes some longer periods of cold, windy, or nasty weather. Frankly, birds in southern Texas or Florida need considerably less coop space as they won't be in there much other than to sleep on the roost. The large fowl each need 8"-12" of roost space to call their own. Those are the issues for you to consider.
 
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mikecnorthwest

Songster
10 Years
Mar 27, 2009
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Vancouver, WA
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4 sq.ft. per bird in the house is very generous. Many people have 2-3 sq.ft. in the house with no problems at all. The run is where they spend the majority of their time so just make sure they have enough room in the run.
 

ekofke201

Songster
8 Years
Dec 27, 2011
125
19
129
Southern PA
Thanks! I was starting to panic... And I would have one cranky husband if I mentioned that we built too small. I figured we would be fine!!
 

NovaAman

Crowing
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Aug 6, 2011
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In Happy Chickenland, Holland MI
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Our coop is nearly finished, but just so that I am clear.... If the general rule of thumb is 4 square feet per chicken, that the coop and the run combined, right? Our run will be quite large for 7 chickens and 2 ducks, but there certainly is not that much space in the coop itself. They'll just be sleeping in there, right? This has always been my understanding. Thoughts?
No, that is WRONG. Rule of thumb is 4 sq feet per bird IN THE COOP. 10 sq ft per bird IN THE RUN.
 

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