75 chickens how much space do you reccomend?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Dances with Chickens, Nov 7, 2008.

  1. Dances with Chickens

    Dances with Chickens New Egg

    Nov 7, 2008
    how big should my coop be to house 75 chickens They will have pasture to graze during daylight hours. Exactly how large each pasture used for rotation will be, is yet to be determined. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks in advance,

    Chicken Dancer
  2. countryboy

    countryboy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 31, 2007
    A 16 foot by 20 foot coop will do nicely, are you going to free range or have them in a run?

    75x4=300 square feet

    a 16' x 20' coop will give you 320 square feet.
  3. Dances with Chickens

    Dances with Chickens New Egg

    Nov 7, 2008
    free range, Im putting the coop in the center of a 4 square, maybe a half acre or so. Thanks for your advice.

  4. chicken_angler

    chicken_angler Coop Constructist

    Jun 23, 2008
    a house
    If you want it square, you could make it 18x18. With that many hens, you might want to think about rounding the corners so they dont shove each other in the corners. Just an idea I was throwing out. BTW, what type/s of chickens are you going to get?
  5. austinhart123

    austinhart123 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 12, 2008
    Los Angeles CA
    Quote:thats a very smart idea ive never thought of
  6. chicken_angler

    chicken_angler Coop Constructist

    Jun 23, 2008
    a house
    Yea when you have a lot of chickens , there might be problems with crowding in corners. I only have 10 so that doesnt happen in my coop but I do suggest that they should be at least partially rounded if not fully rounded in each corner. It all depends on the setup of the coop.
  7. mtnhomechick

    mtnhomechick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 27, 2008
    Mountain Home, AR
    I have a 10x10 coop that houses 40 hens. I have never had any problems like fighting, feather picking etc. I actually think they stay warmer in winter with less space.

    They have plenty of perch space at night and during the day they are all either in the attached enclosed run or free ranging for a few hours.
  8. chicken rover

    chicken rover Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 19, 2008
    Based on "Day Range Poultry", by Andy Lee and Patricia Foreman, they recommend the following criteria for designing day range poultry shelters:
    Broilers - 1.2 square feet of shelter space with at least 5 square feet of pasture
    Laying Hens - 1 square foot per hen
    Turkeys - 4 -5 square feet per bird
  9. lilarabookworm

    lilarabookworm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 4, 2008
    ive heard you are supposed to have 4.5 feet per bird. you do the math![​IMG]
  10. Opcnup

    Opcnup New Egg

    Dec 28, 2008
    The 4 foot per bird rule is for birds who don;t get out during the day, since you are letting them out for the day time they really only need enough room that they will not fight ferociously for perch space.

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