calculating space in three dimensions

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by kinnip, Jul 29, 2008.

  1. kinnip

    kinnip Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 24, 2008
    Carrollton, GA
    I have a quandary. I want to have three roos: a Blue Andalusian, a BC Marans and an Ameraucana. Currently, I have 15 hens (I think). I know I need more hens to keep the roos busy. My coop is not small, and I won't be convincing the DBF to build another any time soon. It's 8' x 10', but it's also quite tall. When I look in every morning, the birds look positively dwarfed by the size of it. Most of them hang out in the rafters and I have two 10' roosts (plus some more rafters) that sit empty most of the time. The run is roughly 60' x 40'. They spend all day in the run, until they put themselves to bed. Eventually, I'd like to free range them. Until then, can I fit 30 birdies in this housing?
  2. dixygirl

    dixygirl Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 14, 2008
    I think so :|
    Your 8x10 is 80 sq ft.
    If you allow 4 ft/ bird that's 20 birds you can have
    If you allow the low end 2ft/bird that's 40 birds.

    If they are just sleeping there I think it should be ok. Since it's so tall, try to take advantage of the height by maybe making like a second level space in there with a ramp. Maybe run a board across half of it mid level and a ramp up to their new loft. That will give them a lot more floor space and multi roosts too. They should be fine.

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