Amount of chickens in coop

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by 5sallad5, May 3, 2009.

  1. 5sallad5

    5sallad5 Out Of The Brooder

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    how many chickens would go in a 6x8 ft. coop? Right now i think 15.
     
  2. love4mychick

    love4mychick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i think 12-15
     
  3. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    For standard chickens you want at least 4 sq. feet per bird.
     
  4. MysticScorpio82

    MysticScorpio82 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    it depends on the size of bird that you are getting. Everything I have read says 3-5 square feet per chicken. So multiply 6 by 8 to get the total square footage then divide by the number of square feet per bird (3, 4 or 5- the larger the bird the bigger the number). This is just to keep the chickens happy and reduce the risk of pecking at each other. So people do squeeze more chickens in a coops giving them less then the recommend square feet.

    If you are getting Bantam chickens on the other hand I believe the square footage per bird is 1 1/2 ft - 3 feet.
     
  5. NJbirdlover

    NJbirdlover Chillin' With My Peeps

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    depends also on the size of your run, unless they are going to free range.
     
  6. 5sallad5

    5sallad5 Out Of The Brooder

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    i'm getting cochins. plus i already have 2 ee's 1 rir and 1 cornish rock.
     
  7. 5sallad5

    5sallad5 Out Of The Brooder

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    never mind the top one.
    Im getting:
    5 Black Sexlinks Pullets
    5 Blue Cochins Pullets
    I all ready have:
    2 EEs 1 Pullet 1 Rooster
    1 RIR Pullet
    1 Cornish Rock Hen
    and 1 Partridge or Buff Silkie
    Plus the coop is 6x8 not 5x7 run might be 10x5 IDK
     
    Last edited: May 6, 2009

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