Chicken Run Size?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by aPeekaWink, Mar 6, 2015.

  1. aPeekaWink

    aPeekaWink New Egg

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    Hello I'm new to the forum. I'm looking to acquire some chicks this coming Spring (I already know how to raise chicks I incubated them for a school project and raised them for 8 weeks so I believe I have that part down). I haven't decided what chicks I'm wanting this time around but that's besides the point. Anyway I'd like some opinions or insight on a chicken run. I'm looking to get 6-8 chickens and was wondering if a chicken run 20ft. long by 10ft. wide and 7ft. tall (7ft. is a must my partner is 6'4 haha) would be adequate enough? I can not free range the chickens because I have a few close neighbors with dogs I don't trust and a dog of my own that I'm not sure of. So any insight fellow chicken lovers? Will the run be large enough? If not what would you recommend? Thank you in advance for those that respond.
     
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  2. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    A run that size would work out great. The general rule of thumb is that each chicken should have at least 10 square feet of outside run space. Your run in theory could hold up to 20 chickens.[​IMG]
     
  3. cluckcluckgirl

    cluckcluckgirl Queen of the Coop Premium Member

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    It is recommended that each chicken has at least 4 square feet of room, but as Wyandottes7 said, 10 feet is even better. It will help reduce bullying and the size of your run will help accommodate for chicken math. So yes, that coop should be great. :)
     
  4. Alaskan

    Alaskan The Frosted Flake

    a great big run is WONDERFUL, I am always wishing that my run were larger.
     
  5. aPeekaWink

    aPeekaWink New Egg

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    Thank you for the fast response. So in theory, later on if I wanted to I could add a few more chickens and still be okay as long as there's no bullying within the first group?
     
  6. Folly's place

    Folly's place Chicken Obsessed

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    Welcome! The best size is the biggest that you can build, given your space available, and the cost of materials to make it predator proof. Nobody regrets making the coop or run too big, or too safe. Mary
     
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  7. cluckcluckgirl

    cluckcluckgirl Queen of the Coop Premium Member

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    As long as the bullying is kept under control and each chicken has adequate roaming room, then yes. I'll give a very helpful tip, though- buy only a few chicks to start off with. Many chicken keepers develop the need for more and more chickens because they're so fun and addicting!
     
  8. PapaChaz

    PapaChaz Overrun With Chickens

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    the 4 square feet recommendation is for inside the coop, outside in the run the recommendation is 10 square feet. OP is looking at 200 square feet, plenty of space for 6-8 chickens, and yes, room for chicken math!
     
  9. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    That depends on how much space your coop has...4sq ft per bird minimum for coop space.
     

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