Big enough for... or is it?

colebarnhart

Songster
8 Years
Mar 24, 2011
776
8
121
JENKS/GLENPOOL, OKLAHOMA
Some recommend only 2 sq feet per bird instead of 4, however, it also depends on LF vs bantam. But yes if you want 4 sqft per bird then that won't be big enough. 8x12= 96/4= 24 birds

I think it depends on where you live also and the weather. If they only go into it at night just to roost and sleep all yr long then 2 sqft would probably be fine. But if it's super cold outside and they don't want to go out into the run, then they'll get pretty cramped up and start fighting and pecking.
 
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moetrout

Songster
9 Years
May 5, 2010
842
45
153
Milan, MI
Sometimes the confusing part is that the recommendation is 4 sq ft per bird for standard size chickens and 2 sq ft per bird for bantams. colebarnhart is spot on. If they ever have to be couped up and not able to get out (happens here during really frigid winters) you could have some pecking going on.
 

cindylo

In the Brooder
8 Years
Jun 2, 2011
99
1
31
Idaho Falls, ID
I'm a little perplexed too about the square foot thing. But I can tell you that at least in my case it really depends on the individual flock. My gals actually need extra space in order to keep life peaceful, so I'm adding a new little coop to my current little coop. The website said I'd be able to accomodate 5-6 standard hens in the first coop - but it just didn't work. They have a 10 X 10 ft run and an outdoor roost in addition to the coop(s). They just don't like to be crowded.
 

georgiagail

Songster
8 Years
Mar 27, 2011
598
57
141
Possum Kingdom Bantams Augusta Georgia
As has been noted in previous discussions, it appears that something advertised as "Amish made" may not actually be made by the Amish.

For example, the company that advertises the coop is out of Archer, Florida.

40 - 50 chickens in an 8 by 12 coop seems pretty tight.

Gail
 

egglicious

Songster
8 Years
May 7, 2011
354
5
113
Quote:Are you kidding? I hope so. I do think the Amish know quite a bit about farming. This is probably not really Amish. I'm not Amish either but I can't see saying a whole group of people are stupid...
 

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