chicken room

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by chris deiss, Aug 10, 2010.

  1. chris deiss

    chris deiss In the Brooder

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    Aug 8, 2010
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    Hi my names chris got a question about space for my chickens. I built a coop that's 4ft x 8 ft. With my roosting boxes elevated but my brooding boxes take up 1/3 of my floor space. The designer said it was big enough for 10 standards or 14 bantys. The problem is I ended up with 11 standards and 4 bantys. I was wonderimg if I toook my brooding boxes and added them to the outside so you had another 16 inches by 8 ft if that would be enough space.so I would have a 4x8 floor and second floor for roosting and external broodimg boxes.I figure my run is big enough at8x10. I still have plenty of time to make changes right naw I have 4 birds thaxt are 3 months old and 11 that are 1 week old .just gotta get er done before it gets cold . Thanks for the help.
     
  2. Dixiedoodle

    Dixiedoodle Songster

    Apr 14, 2007
    Hi, your coop is 4x8= 32sq ft. divided that by 4sq ft. per chicken= 8 standard chickens... It also depends on how much time they will be spending in the coop, what size run they have, do you live in a warmer or cooler climate, and how much time they can free range.. Will you have a dropping board-so the floor space is clean and dry?

    The more crowded your chickens are the more health problems they will have and they become bored and start pecking/fighting. 4sq ft per bird is just a starting point.

    IF your brooder boxes are off the floor (on legs --where the chickens can walk under them) it doesn't count against your floor space.

    I hope this helps.
     
  3. 3chimama

    3chimama Songster

    May 8, 2010
    Pacific Northwest
    Welcome to BYC! You will love it!
     
  4. chris deiss

    chris deiss In the Brooder

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    We live in wisconsin so it gets cold .and I have an 8x10 run for them and let them out from dawn til dusk. The rooostin boxes are elevated so that doesn't take up floor space bit does it count as extra space?
     

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