# 5X6 coop, how many?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Branderella, Sep 20, 2009.

1. ### BranderellaChillin' With My Peeps

Jul 6, 2009
i have a 5x6 coop, how many full grown hens would be comfy?

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3. ### momma's chickensChillin' With My Peeps

Mar 10, 2008
Idaho
They say 4 ft per chicken so you could technically put 7 in there, I would of course put 8 in there.

4. ### AmethysteFor Love of Boo...

On average for INSIDE coopage it is recommended to have at LEAST minimum 4 sq ft per standard chicken. So for that size, it would be 30 Sq ft inside, divided by 4=7 chickens maximum.

However, in my experience...its better to go with at least 5 sq ft per bird, so that would give you 6 chickens in that space.

Outside room is good to have tho... its recommended 10 sq ft per standard sized chicken. So, with a 6 x 8 run added on (for example), that is 48 sq feet, or 4-5 chickens.

Hope that helps!

5. ### JudyModeratorStaff Member

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And where are you? That may be enough, if gets really cold and they will want to stay inside in winter.

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6. ### CoyoteMagicRIP ?-2014

5x6=30/4=7chickens but you have to have run space as well. If not you will only have room for 3

7. ### chickerdoodleChillin' With My Peeps

Aug 21, 2009
Oregon
If they have access to outdoors then 7 (4 sq. ft. per bird) hens. If they don't then only 3 (10 sq ft/bird). The more room outdoors the less likely they get bored and feather pick.

8. ### djmooneyChillin' With My Peeps

May 13, 2009
we have 10 normal hens and 5 bantams. and our coops 6x4 with a 6x4 run. we half allot of roost to sit on but our chickens do just fine

9. ### wessfarmOut Of The Brooder

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i have a 5x6x9 coop and 4x2 hall way out to a 12 x10 pen with a top on it .all my chickens are fine i have 11 in it .
working on a day pen 20x 20 it will not have a top on it. jest a day pen do i need to put a top on it?
I'm new to the chicken thing

10. ### tammyd57Chillin' With My Peeps

It somewhat depends on your climate too. If the chickens have to stay cooped during extreme winter weather, you want as much space as possible per bird= 5 s/f. each at least. If you don't have cold winter weather and they can spend all year outside during the day, you can have a lot less space and still not have problems. My coop is a 3 sided 4'x8' open air design. The 'rule' would be only 8 chickens in there, but I have 13 right now and have had more than that. But mine only sleep in there, and not all of them. Some roost outside on perches and 3 roost up on top of my carport frame that is inside their run (which is 12'x25'). My nestboxes are outside the coop in a sheltered area so they don't even go in the coop to lay. They aren't crowded, just really have no need of shelter since we have really mild winters here.