Coop Plans - How many chickens?!

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by madisonboe, Feb 22, 2017.

  1. madisonboe

    madisonboe Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This is the shape of coop and run in going for- [​IMG]

    My general measurements-
    For the coop 4ft tall 4ft long 6ft wide
    For the run 6ft tall 10ft long 4ft wide
    My design has 6 nesting boxes

    How many chickens will this fit?!
     
  2. Lfulvipes

    Lfulvipes Just Hatched

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    Depends on who you ask, but I have heard:

    2-4sq ft coop space per chicken (so your coop can handle about 6-12)
    5 or 10 sq ft run space per chicken (so your run can handle 8 or 4).

    And two layers per 1sq ft box (so 12)

    But I am very interested in what others have to say.
     
    Last edited: Feb 23, 2017
  3. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

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    Well, depends if you go by commercial standards which allot about one sheet of paper's space per bird, prefab coop standards that allot anywhere from 2-4 square feet TOTAL between coop and run per bird they *say* you should house in them, or the more commonly accepted general rule of thumb that is to allow 4 sq ft inside and 10 sq ft outside per large fowl bird (it can be adjusted down for bantams if you really feel the need) -- but, ultimately, rather than looking at any space and asking yourself how many birds you can shoe-horn into it, it's best to consider "how much space can I give my birds" because there really is no such thing as giving them too much space, and many negative outcomes that can come from giving them too little.
    Climate plays a big part in the needs of your flock - a climate that is frequently inclement and would encourage birds to stay indoors require more space inside - climates that are more likely to see the flock outside for the majority of the year, using the coop for roosting and egg-laying only makes the amount of space inside less important than the space outside.
    I provide one nest box per every 4 hens - with a minimum of 2 boxes for any flock over two birds.
     
  4. Percheron chick

    Percheron chick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The coop is only 4x4 as you do not include the nesting boxes into the measurement.
     
  5. rosemarythyme

    rosemarythyme Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Assuming it's 4x4 without the nest boxes and the run is 40 sq ft, 4 chickens is the max for standard size hens. 6 nest boxes is completely unnecessary, so you could remove the partitions and maybe use some of the extra space from that for feeders/waterers or to give the chickens a little extra wing room.
     
  6. ChickenMammX4

    ChickenMammX4 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ditto. Crowding can lead to behavior issues.

    FWIW, the chicken area in our coop is 8' x 9' for 6 chickens and I wouldn't add more than maybe 2. We have 3 nesting boxes and they pretty much only use 2 of them.
     

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