4x6 Coop with a 4x8 Run…How many chickens can I add??

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by AimeeJohn47, Aug 2, 2014.

  1. AimeeJohn47

    AimeeJohn47 Just Hatched

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    Hi everyone,

    I'm hoping someone can give me some guidance on how many chickens I can add to my new coop. I currently have 6 bantams who have lived very comfortably in a small 2x3 coop with a 3x3 run. My ladies are let out to "free range" for many hours each day. I've just upgraded to a 4x6 coop with a 4x8 run and I'm worried that its way too roomy for them so I want to add some more chickens so that they remain nice and cozy at night and in the cold winters. How many chickens do you think I can add? In particular, I wanted to add regular size chickens this time. I'm thinking 3-4 RI Reds? Would that be too many?
     
  2. AimeeJohn47

    AimeeJohn47 Just Hatched

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    Oh, I forgot to mention that my new coop has 6 nesting boxes!
     
  3. waynem1983

    waynem1983 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    8 bantams would probably be very comfortable in that space. Base your available space on the coop alone. Imagine the depths of winter where the birds do not leqve the coop for a few weeks at a time, more than that and imagine they would start to get on top of each other.

    And, you cant have a "too roomy", more space the better.
     
  4. jeepguy982001

    jeepguy982001 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    my coop is that size only my run is much larger. I keep 4 large chickens in it with no problems. Even during winter when they get "snowed" in for a few days.
     
  5. shedvll73

    shedvll73 New Egg

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    I have a 4 x 6 coop with a 10 x 10 run and free ranch when I'm home. I want to add more. All hens so with that how many more can be added while keeping them happy?
     
  6. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Flock Master

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    Shedvll73: In that size set up, I wouldn't have more than 6 hens. UNLESS, you are able to let them free range all day, every day... or unless your run is covered, and somewhat protected from driving rains on the side.
     
  7. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

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  8. shedvll73

    shedvll73 New Egg

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    Ya there run is open and covered to protect from flying predictors when they arrive. And free range all day. I mainly thought about like 8 or 9. I have 5 hen boxes but room for 3 more and I've added 2 more roosts. There seems like plenty of room for a few more.
     

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