Coop Size Question

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by BarredCometLaced, Aug 18, 2011.

  1. BarredCometLaced

    BarredCometLaced Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How many birds will live in a 8*10 coop? They only live in the coop at night, during the day they have free range.
     
  2. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    Quote:The rule of thumb is 4 sf per bird in the coop, 10 sf per bird in the run. You can get by with less if you have smaller birds, bantams etc. and/or as you do, free range during the day. So your coop is 80 sf, so that would be 20 chickens.

    Imp
     
  3. 10 point

    10 point country boy

    Feb 19, 2011
    LaFayette, NY
    Quote:The rule of thumb is 4 sf per bird in the coop, 10 sf per bird in the run. You can get by with less if you have smaller birds, bantams etc. and/or as you do, free range during the day. So your coop is 80 sf, so that would be 20 chickens.

    Imp

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  4. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    If you live in an area that gets snowy winters - keep in mind that, free range or not, your birds will spend quite a bit more time inside (partly due to snow - partly due to short daylight hours), so what seems ample 9 months of the year can get cramped pretty quickly during those other three months - so plan for as large as possible.

    Of course if you're in an area with really mild/no winters, you could most likely get by with a little less than the min. 4 sq. ft. recommendation.
     
  5. jtr

    jtr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    who ever made those rules doesnt realley know what a chicken is i have 14 birds in a 4x8 coop and a 10x10 run they are fine im going to get 6 brs as well you could probly have 6 or 7 in that coop if you dont have a run if you have a run like mine you could have like 20-25 maybe more just see what they do
     
  6. secuono

    secuono Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 29, 2010
    Virginia
    My coop isn't big enough for the birds I have, at least not the floor. Having enough roost space is more important, spending nearly all their time out and away from the coop is also important. They go out when they wake and go in at dark, no point of having a ton of floor space if they rarely use it. Winter their fully enclosed run has a tarp top and plants make a wind break, so no point in mine being inside. They even stay out under there when it's raining.
     

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