Difinitive Sq. Ft. per chicken rule?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by chvojka, Nov 12, 2009.

  1. chvojka

    chvojka Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 23, 2009
    Central Michigan
    Hi all I have been reading and found numerous answers on the square footage per chicken rule both inside and outside coop/run. What is the healthy but not rediculous answer (realizing more is always better)?
  2. Marlinchaser

    Marlinchaser Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 18, 2007
    There is no true answer, YOUR answer should be what you feel makes your chickens happy if that is what you are striving for.

    If you are raising for Meat or Eggs and dont care about Happyness of the chicken, they can be raised touching each other, as long as they can get to food and water they will SURVIVE. Thousands if not Millions of chickens are raised each year and never see sunlight, get to chase a bug, or get held by a human other when shoved into a cage to start laying or to go to market, the question is how do you want to raise yours.

    If I am building a coop, I would shoot for 4 sqft/bird, but if I am selling you a coop I will tell you that my 4x6 coop is big enough to house 15 laying hens. So again it comes back to what you are looking to get out of your birds.

    . There is no right or wrong just varrying Opinions.
  3. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    Even the "experts" can't agree. MOST seem to say that w/standard breeds, 4 sq.ft. per bird in the coop, and 10 sq. ft. per bird in the run (unless they freerange daily). I believe that bantums are half that. However, almost everyone says that if chickens seem happy and content, not picking at others, etc., then you probably have enough room, even if it's a little less than the "ideal."
  4. elmo

    elmo Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 23, 2009
    Consider this, too: the more space per bird, the easier job for you, keeping things clean.

  5. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    Quote:Actually you have stated it yourself.

    More is always better.

    That is the only DEFINITIVE and guaranteed-correct rule there is.

    Anything else is just personal opinion on where, on a gradual continuum, things stop being "likely to be more or less ok". Which varies with geography/climate, coop setup, run size or whether the're free ranging, what their run is *like*, type of chickens, particular personalities of particular chickens, your personal management style, and your personal take on what is ok vs not-so-good vs not-ok living conditions for animals.


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