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Can someone please help me with this?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by connerscroft, Jun 13, 2011.

  1. connerscroft

    connerscroft Out Of The Brooder

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    So I have a 13.5 x 5.5 coop with an open ceiling (about 10 foot tall). The attached run is 24 x 14. I also let my chickens free range for at least half a day. What is the max number of chickens that I can comfortably keep? I would really like to get some more, but I do not want to overdo it. Thanks! [​IMG]
     
  2. connerscroft

    connerscroft Out Of The Brooder

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    Anybody? [​IMG]
     
  3. Mrs. K

    Mrs. K Overrun With Chickens

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    Quite a few, I think. I think the rule of thumb is 2 square feet for the coop, and 4 square feet for the run? If you free range you can squeeze a bit more in during the summer, but with winter, if you have hard winters, you need a bit more protected space.

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  4. Mrs. K

    Mrs. K Overrun With Chickens

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    Also, this is a rule of thumb, I have found that you kind of get a sense on the maximum number of hens, and comfort levels. I have had 12, but really do better with 8-10. They are happier.

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  5. Southernbelle

    Southernbelle Gone Broody

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    You want to provide 4 sq ft/bird in the coop; 10 sq ft/bird in the run, so:

    (13.5x5.5)/4sq ft/bird = 18 chickens

    (24x14)/10 sq ft/bird = 33 chickens

    Go with the lowest number, so your set up can hold about 18 chickens.
     
  6. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    The rule of thumb is 4 sf per bird in the coop and 10 sf per bird in the run. It can vary depending on free ranging and size of the chickens.
    So you are looking at:

    18 LF in the coop. Run is plenty large enough

    Imp

    I knew as I was typing that several people would type faster. [​IMG]
     
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  7. bryan99705

    bryan99705 Chillin' With My Peeps

    The recommended space is 4 square feet per bird inside the coop and 10 square feet per bird in the run.
     
  8. connerscroft

    connerscroft Out Of The Brooder

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    I appreciate all the help! [​IMG]
     

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