1. slugmar

    slugmar In the Brooder

    Mar 5, 2007
    My coop iam going to start building is going to be 8ft by 8ft with one 10ft side and one 8 ft side there run is going to be 8ft wide 16ft long 8 ft tall all fenced in during the day when iam home they will have around 40 acres to move around on to free range once they get use to comming back home.

    How many chickens could i house with this coop ?

    If I have 25 hens and 5 Roosters is that to many for this size of a coop ?
  2. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    I wasn't clear about your coop size, if it's 8x8 or 8x10. Usually, the rule of thumb in the coop is 4 sq ft per standard chicken. 8x10=80 ft. Divide that by 4 and you get 20 birds in that space. If they range alot, then you may be able to put a few more in there. If bantams, a few more than that.
  3. bigzio

    bigzio Crowing

    Jan 20, 2007
    slugmar, the more room you give your birds the better. Crowding will create alot of unhealthy conditions. I think 5 roos is way to many for 25 hens. It is going to be a constant fight between roos and the hens will be stressed and looking for a place to get away from the roos. Hens don't lay well under stress.

    Roos are relentless after the hens and one roo to ten or twelve hens is plenty.

    Even with only two roos, they need to somewhat get along. If you start with five roos it would be best to keep the two most docile and cull the rough ones.

    The size coop you plan to build is ok, but less roos is better.

  4. slugmar

    slugmar In the Brooder

    Mar 5, 2007
    Okay so less roos so 2 roos with about 20 to 25 hens

    the building is 8x8 but one side will be 10ft tall that away the roof will slant and not be straight that away the water will run of off it.
  5. cornishman

    cornishman In the Brooder

    Feb 27, 2007
    well not to make anyone mad but if you got alot of hens and only one roo well it is my experence that you will get alot of unfertilized eggs. i have 5x7 pens with one roo and no more than 4 hens per pen. i like to keep different breeds so i have to separate them. some pens only have a pair, some a trio, some 3 hens and a roo, some pens 4 hens and a roo...i had one 8x8 pen with one roo and 7 hens and some of my eggs were not fertile and i know the roo is but i guess he had his favorites...cornishman.
  6. joanna

    joanna In the Brooder

    Mar 9, 2007
    I've had chickens for about 4 years now and what I've discovered (through lots of trial & error) is that the coop is generally only used by the chickens for roosting and laying. I've always had the benefit of a good sized run, but I haven't really found the need for a large coop as long as they can get out of the wind/rain/sun.

    My other experience shows that even though I provide nice laying nests they always lay in the farthest corner of the coop where it's most difficult for me to gather eggs. I've tried placing fakes, letting them set it up themselves, doing it for them, everything.

    Right now, we're utilizing a tractor (approx 16'x5'x3' with several roost areas along the length and 2 covered areas for nesting/shelter. Where do they lay their eggs? In the back corner (the one with no door, of course). We're getting new chicks this month, so we're going to use the tractor for the babies and are building a new coop for the "big girls" so I've been looking on here for new & improved ideas.

    Thanks to everyone for sharing their mistakes as well as their successes with coops!
  7. lou52

    lou52 Chirping

    Apr 18, 2011
    This is our third and last coup. I think we got it right this time!
  8. Egghead_Jr

    Egghead_Jr Crowing

    Oct 16, 2010
    NEK, VT
    I agree with Joanne. My experience is chickens wan tto be outside even in winter, if you don't lock your chickens in during the day they only need enough space to roost at night. I keep 8 large fowl in a 4x4 coop with external nesting boxes. That's 2 sqft per bird and works perfect as I don't heat it in winter and provide a tarp warped around corner of run for shelter in winter. The larger the run and frequent free ranging the happier your chickens will be. With 25 chickens 2 roosters is plenty to fertilize and protect the birds without over mating them/taking feathers out of backs.

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