8x8 chicken coop

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by bergey, Nov 19, 2015.

  1. bergey

    bergey New Egg

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    how meny chicken can i put in a 8×8 coop
     
  2. DeepDishChix

    DeepDishChix Chillin' With My Peeps

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    2-4 i think maybe you could post a pic?
     
  3. dheltzel

    dheltzel Overrun With Chickens

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    8x8 = 64 sq feet
    The "rule of thumb" is 4 sq ft per standard sized chicken, but there are good reasons to allow for more than that, so I wouldn't recommend cramming 16 in that coop.
     
  4. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    Welcome to BYC. Glad you decided to join our flock. X2 on dheltzel and the 4 sq. ft. and that doesn't include the space taken up by the nesting boxes. Also if you are not free ranging and have an attached run to the coop, you need at least 10 sq. ft. per bird in the run. These numbers are bare minimums. More space is better as overcrowding can quickly lead to aggression, fights, biting and feather plucking, and even cannibalism. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Cheers.
     
  5. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Out of the Woods Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
     
  6. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    Using the four square feet per bird rule, you could keep 16 birds in your coop. However, more space is better, and, like previous posters mentioned, internal structures like nest boxes will reduce that space.
     
  7. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Also don't include the roosting space in the amount of room for each chicken
     
  8. BDutch

    BDutch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It also depends on the size and the character of the breed. Smaller bantams need less space compared to big roosters. Active types and hybrids (often more agressive when hold in small area) need more space then calm types like cochin.

    Another item that influences the amounnt of space:, do they have to stay inside (e.g. in summer) after it's getting light or do you have an automatic opener that makes it possible for the chickens to get out to the run/garden at dawn?
     
    Last edited: Nov 21, 2015
  9. Frindizzle

    Frindizzle Guitar Girl <3 Premium Member

    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]
     
  10. trailrider330

    trailrider330 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Welcome to the BYC flock! We are glad you joined us!

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