Coop size and number of chickens

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Saddley, Aug 20, 2016.

  1. Saddley

    Saddley Out Of The Brooder

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    Is a 5x10 coop & run area large enough for 4 light breed chickens?

    Samantha
     
    Last edited: Aug 20, 2016
  2. ChickenGrass

    ChickenGrass Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi there just to give them extra space I would make it 7x14 maybe
    It should be enough
    But one tip I have is its better to have more space than too little
    Goodluck
     
  3. MeepBeep

    MeepBeep Chillin' With My Peeps

    You ideally want 4 sqft per bird coop and 10 sqft of run...

    5x10 assuming no wasted floor space for nesting boxes is 50 sqft, plenty for 4 birds...
     
  4. Saddley

    Saddley Out Of The Brooder

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    We have several different breeds of chickens and want to keep them separate, so we want them to have enough room to be happy and healthy.
     
  5. MeepBeep

    MeepBeep Chillin' With My Peeps


    Chickens enjoy and thrive in the company of other chickens, so unless you are breeding them there is really no reason to keep them separate...
     
  6. Saddley

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    We are breeding them :eek:) the pens will be side by side, just want to keep them pure
     
  7. ChickenGrass

    ChickenGrass Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes when breeding yo should always keep separate
    Unless you want cross breeds which can look interesting but can be hard to sell.
    Goodluck
     
  8. MeepBeep

    MeepBeep Chillin' With My Peeps


    Then they only need to realistically be separated when you are actively breeding (30 day prior) them the rest of the time they can live communal... BUT, with only 4 birds it's going to likely require the rooster(s) be isolated at all times as your hen to rooster ratio is poor and if kept together for any length of time the rooster(s) will stress out hens to no end, rub all her feathers off her back and pluck her head bald...
     

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