A debate in the works, need others opinions.

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Kim2, Sep 11, 2008.

  1. Kim2

    Kim2 Ooops I did it again!

    Aug 27, 2008
    For coop space only not runs.

    How many feet per bird for standards?
    How much for bantams?

    Thank all who post a reply.
  2. keljonma

    keljonma Songster

    Feb 12, 2007
    8A East Texas
    We gave our large birds 5 sq ft each in the hen house proper. There is no real maximum, but I think the minimum is 4 sq ft.
  3. chickiebaby

    chickiebaby Songster

    Jan 2, 2008
    western mass
    Lots of people on here say four sq ft per large fowl (i.e. not banties). Many of us do just fine with less. I have had nary a fightin or pickin problem, and I am somewhere arond 2 sq ft per. But I have a lot of outside run space,and my birds do free range for at least the last few hours of the day.

    But 4 seems to be the magic number lots of folks like on here.
  4. hinkjc

    hinkjc Crowing

    Jan 11, 2007
    You will get lots of different opinions on this question. In my personal opinion, I feel large fowl need at least 10 square feet per bird and bantam need 4 sq feet per bird. This can vary depending on breed - some are more pecky than others, some do really well in close quarters, etc. It also depends on your climate. If there is any chance your birds may be stuck in their coop (without access to the outdoors) due to heavy snowfall, extreme conditions, predator issue, etc ...you need to account for more inside space. Even if this is only for a day or two. Too little space is very stressful on birds and can lead to numerous problems in your management program.

  5. Anny

    Anny Songster

    Apr 24, 2008
    Detroit Michigan
    The more space the better but no less the n4 square feet per bird. If you live some place cold take that in to account since they will be spending more time in doors in the cold.
  6. Cetawin

    Cetawin Chicken Beader

    Mar 20, 2008
    NW Kentucky
    Inside space for standards is (minimum) 4 sq ft per bird, if confined all the time 10 sq ft...run space 10 sq ft per bird. Banty I believe is 2 sq ft min but I am not sure as I have standards.

    I know some get away with less and have no problems while others have problems...
  7. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    If you're collecting opinions, personally I am not comfortable with less than like 8-10 sq ft per hen INDOORS (i.e. that's not including the run space); they just seem a LOT happier and more relaxed that way, to me.


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