Area vs Bird Number

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by mommto3kiddos, Apr 11, 2011.

  1. mommto3kiddos

    mommto3kiddos Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We are in the process of builing our coop/run.. The "grass area" will be 64 SQFT.. I have 6 laying hens and after removing roos I will have 6 small bantam chickens..

    Do you think this is enough "grass area" for them. They will have free range of our 1 acre fenced yard during most days. I went BIG in hopes of future adding to the flock [​IMG]
     
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  2. chicky_mommy

    chicky_mommy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    WAY plenty.
     
  3. elmo

    elmo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So that's 12 chickens in a 64 square foot area, making just slightly over 5 square feet per chicken? I guess it depends on how large the coop itself is, and just how many days the chickens will be left confined in the pen. That strikes me as a bit crowded, actually.

    Just to give you an idea, I have only 9 tiny bantams, and I find our 64 square foot runs too small to leave the whole flock in there for any length of time.

    p.s. Say goodby to the "grass" in the grass area, too. With 12 chickens, it won't last a week.
     
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  4. Shiphted

    Shiphted Out Of The Brooder

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    Roughly a full grown 20 week chicken should get 2.5sq ft per. So like myself i have a 300 sq ft coop with 30 chickens and i could easily add another 40. So you are plenty fine.
     

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