9 chickens?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by first time farmer, Mar 2, 2009.

  1. first time farmer

    first time farmer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a (l x w x h) 8x4x7 foot coop right now there are 3 standards and bantam. I am going to order eather 3 or 5 standard chicks from mypetchicken.com. 3 more hens should be fine in the coop but will I be able to to have 5 more hens in my coop?
     
  2. first time farmer

    first time farmer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    sorry for posting this 4 times my computer was being computerish if you know what i mean lol.
     
  3. warmfuzzies

    warmfuzzies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would think as long as you have plenty of roost for everyone, they should be fine. You can put the roosts in a stairstep, that way you can fit more in and they can be higher. (You maybe already knew that) [​IMG]

    Do you have an outside run? They need more room if not, and they will need less room if you free range them.
     
  4. Akane

    Akane Overrun With Chickens

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    Is that why the forum just errored and told me there were too many requests to the sql server... [​IMG]

    What size run do you have or are they free range? That makes a slight difference on the suggest space. Otherwise the averages I hear are 4sq ft per standard and 2sq ft per bantam.
     
  5. Marlinchaser

    Marlinchaser Chillin' With My Peeps

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    if you go with the 4 square per bird you can have 8 real birds, the bantam doesnt count. [​IMG] However that is just a guideline, some say 3 per bird so you could have 10 2/3 so 10 real birds and 2 bantams. [​IMG] You also should consider how much run space they have, Ideal is 8-10 sqft per bird if you have a lot more run space, or freerange then you can squeeze in a couple extras and not feel bad about crowding.
     
  6. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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    I have 16 standards in a 8Lx8wx7h. They have runs and a nice fenced yard to range in. There are pictures on my BYC Page.
     
  7. first time farmer

    first time farmer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes i plan on free ranging in the summer and they have a small run for the winter. And i am going to rebuild the roost when it gets a little warmer lol
    Thanks for the help.
     
  8. ArizonaDesertChicks

    ArizonaDesertChicks Eggstactic for Pretty Eggs

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    Quote:Your 8' x 4' coop is 32 sf, which is large enough for 8 standard chickens as long as you also have a run for them. For 8 chickens, an 8' x 10' run would be a good size for them.
     

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