Coop size? How many Hens?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Greenskeeper, Nov 19, 2010.

  1. Greenskeeper

    Greenskeeper Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 14, 2010
    Bethel, NC
    Hi yall! I'm planning a coop and got a question. If the coop is 4wx 8L x4H and the Run is 300 sqft!! How many ladies can this hold?
  2. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    Eight hens.
    Perhaps 10 bantams.
  3. andythescot

    andythescot Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 29, 2009
    Central Mass
    Quote:I'm with this guy. My coops about that size (definitely not my run though!) and I have six hens in there pretty comfortably.
  4. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    If you live somewhere like Maui where there will really not be any days that the hens may rather stay indoors, all you technically really need is enough space for the required length of roost.

    Anywhere else, the fewer chickens per a given area, the better. I would sure not suggest going below 2 sq ft per chicken indoors plus ample run, but closer to 4 sq ft (per) is a bit safer, and more is better yet.

    Honestly, having DONE keeping them at 4 sq ft apiece plus ample run and at 15 sq ft apiece plus ample run, they behave so differently with the greater amount of space per chicken that I will never keep them at the higher stocking densities that most BYCers use. But, it depends on your situation and on your tastes/priorities (and on whether you're okay with just seeing how it goes at a higher stocking density and reducing flcok size if you don't like what happens).

    So, to me, the best answer from the chickens' standpoint would be "as few chickens as you can bring yourself to settle for". Seriously. (Also makes sanitation etc much easier, and less feed bill!)

    Good luck, have fun,

  5. LynneP

    LynneP Chillin' With My Peeps

    I'd put 4-6 in there in a cold zone to reduce competition. If the birds are out every day you might be able to have more.

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