housing space

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by chicklover16, Jun 9, 2011.

  1. chicklover16

    chicklover16 queen of flirts

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    How much square footage of house/run do you need to keep 12 chickens?
     
  2. BetterHensandGardens

    BetterHensandGardens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Four square feet per standard size chicken is recommended if they have access to an outside run. So, you'd need 48" square feet.
     
  3. 7L Farm

    7L Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Bigger is better
     
  4. Life is Good!

    Life is Good! Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Coop - 4 sq feet per bird
    Run - 10 sq feet per bird

    Bigger is SO much better - cleaner, healthier, easier for you to move in their space.

    Our coop is 48sq' - so theoretically, can hold 12 birds. Yeah, 11 pullets (3mo) were crowded. Way too crowded for this rainy week we've had. Coop's too small.
    Our run is 80sq' - so theoretically, can hold 8 birds. Yeah, 11 pullets (3mo) were getting crowded - run was way too poopy and they ate all the greens too fast. Run's too small.

    I'd say double those figures above.
     
  5. chicklover16

    chicklover16 queen of flirts

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    thanks guys! my coop is exactly 48 square feet, perfect! [​IMG]
     

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