Chicken coop not big enough??

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Crs1, Mar 26, 2018.

  1. Crs1

    Crs1 Songster

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    i have 32 hens in a coop that is 8x8 with 8 nests.
    I am only getting an average of 15 eggs a day.
    Seems to me with that many hens I should be getting more than that.
    My thought is to many hens in the coop?
    But they say 3-4 hens to a nest so it seems I have enough
    Just thinking that maybe they are stressed or something
    No they are not in coop at all times they have a run that is 20x30 and access to hollar. And I let them out an hour or so 3-4 times a week.
    They are 4 years old and younger so maybe for some age is a reason
    Thanks for your input
    Connie
     
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  2. cavemanrich

    cavemanrich Crossing the Road

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    You do not mention the breed. Not ALL chickens are egg machines. Feed is also a factor in egg production. If you want maximum egg production, you may have to fine tune that as well.
    WISHING YOU BEST,,,,, :highfive:
     
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  3. PirateGirl

    PirateGirl Chicken Lover, Duck Therapist

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    Are chickens eating, drinking, pooping, acting otherwise normal?
    Any signs of feather picking/feather loss?
    Are they ever locked in the 8x8 space or do they always have access to the fenced run?
     
  4. Crs1

    Crs1 Songster

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    I have RIR Austrolorps leghorns Easter eggers buffs Wyandotte barred rocks cinnamon queens New Hampshire reds and I’m sure some I have forgotten. But i am under the impression that most of these are good layers
    I get my feed from the local grain elevator and from march to November i ferment half the daily feed. Which they love by the way:drool
    Thanks
     
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  5. Crs1

    Crs1 Songster

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    Everything seems normal. They all seem to be healthy and well. I have one leghorn that looks like she maybe coming out of a molt but other wise ok
    And yes they are never locked in the coop. They are always let out every day
     
  6. cavemanrich

    cavemanrich Crossing the Road

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    Maybe they are coming out of their winter doldrum. My girls did not get into full production mode yet. :idunno
     
  7. Soon2BChixMom

    Soon2BChixMom Herding ducks and Wrangling chickens

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    According to the space recommendations 8x8 is 64 sq ft. Divided by 4 - at most you should have 16 fs chickens in there. Maybe they need a little elbow room?
    Do they have enough run space?
     
  8. rita2paul

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    sorry but far to small, give them more room and you will have a happy flock.
     
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  9. Crs1

    Crs1 Songster

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    even tho the only time is roosting that they are all in there at once? When I let them out in the morning they have a 20x30 run and a hollar to explore.
    I also have an 4x8 coop but it has chicks in it
    Well I guess I will have to get creative some how and see what I can do
    Thanks for the help
     
  10. frg34

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    Age is the most likely reason if they are getting enough quality food and light. Production can really drop off when they get 2+.
     
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