Chickens to coop ratio

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  1. meleewarrior5

    meleewarrior5 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a 16 x 8 coop and am wondering if 60 chickens is too many for this space? 25 white leghorn, 19 barred rock, 16 rainbow.
     
  2. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    I can tell you room needed but, you'll have to do the math yourself (not my best subject). Rule of thumb is 4-5 sq. feet per bird in the coop not including nest boxes or roosts.

    Allow 10 sq. feet per bird in the outdoor run. Bigger is always better - chickens HATE being crowded and act out badly. Once you are totally addicted you will want more and more birds, and we will do nothing to stop you. We are all enablers, and think you can never have to many chickens. Consider yourself warned. [​IMG]
     
  3. smithnan

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    I thought it sounded small for that many chickens, and according to Divas math, you have enough space for a max of 32 chickens.
    I just started incubating 42 eggs, just for fun. As much as I covet your roomy coop, you'll want more space -

    Also, please heed Diva's warning. It's true, the path to chicken-dom is a slippery slope that can lead nowhere but to full-on addiction. Be careful out there....
     
  4. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    Hi and welcome to BYC - you have some great advice already so I'll just say hello!

    All the best
    CT
     
  5. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
     
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  6. meleewarrior5

    meleewarrior5 Out Of The Brooder

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    A slippery slope indeed!! That's how I end up in the situation of having too many for my coop size! [​IMG] I want soooo many more than I can hold!!! Haha
     
  7. meleewarrior5

    meleewarrior5 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you!! I'm really excited to have a place to go for advice and chicken fellowship! [​IMG]
     
  8. meleewarrior5

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    Hello! [​IMG]
     

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