chicken coop & run

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by lruiz5936, Jun 2, 2012.

  1. lruiz5936

    lruiz5936 Hatching

    6
    0
    7
    Feb 23, 2012
    Hey guys I need some advice. We are having to relocate and at our new location we have neighboors. We currently let our hens run lose but would like to add a chicken run at our new location to keep them away from the neighboors place. How large of a run would I need for about 25 hens? How tall should the fence be? We have two coops one 10x10 and an 8x8. Any other information would be helpfull, thank you.
     
  2. americanvalkyrie

    americanvalkyrie Songster

    2,056
    57
    174
    Nov 20, 2011
    Reno, NV
    The general rule I read:
    If the chickens will be fully enclosed, they need 4 sq. ft. per bird. (100 feet.) That's total living space, not just run space.
    If they just sleep in there, but roam around a bigger area during they day, they need 2 sq. ft. per bird. (50 feet.)
    If it's not an enclosed run, you'll need a fence at least 6 feet tall. If you have flying breeds like German or Dutch breeds, maybe higher... or clip the wings.
     
  3. chfite

    chfite Songster

    2,170
    110
    194
    Jun 7, 2011
    Taylors, SC
    One rule of thumb for a run is ten square feet per bird for regular sized chickens. Fence height of six feet works well for me. It seems to me that anything shorter would need to be covered to prevent the birds flying out, unless you clip the wings.

    Chris
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by: