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Do I have enough room to add new chickens to my flock?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by henofthewood, Mar 26, 2012.

  1. henofthewood

    henofthewood Hatching

    Apr 27, 2009
    Hi there,

    We have 8 hens (including one bantam), three of which are no longer laying and are enjoying their retirement years (4 yrs. old or so). I'd like to buy three chicks this spring to keep egg production up, but I'm wondering if our coop and run is large enough. The coop is a modified room in our barn that's 3x11 and the covered run is currently 5x12 but can be expanded on either side to make it up to 5x16. The roof on the run allows them to be out in all sorts of weather, including snow, as it doesn't really come into the run. They free range in our yard, but only when I'm around to watch them. Do you think we have enough space to add to the flock?

    Thanks in advance for your input!

  2. FireTigeris

    FireTigeris Tyger! Tyger! burning bright

    5*12 = 60 run makes 6 standard at the site's recommended 10 square feet per chicken
    5*16 = 80 run makes 8 standard at the site's recommended 10 square feet per chicken

    Coop = 3*11 = 33 makes 8 and 1/4 standard at the site's recommended 4 square feet per chicken.

    So if you expand your run you can keep 8 chickens super comfy.

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