Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Mother of All, Jul 20, 2010.

  1. Mother of All

    Mother of All Songster

    May 3, 2010
    I have two coop a 4x8 and a 9x6 both have runs around them and both runs can run into each other or separated by opening a door. both runs are 6 feet tall and have chicken wire for the tops. the runs are 15x27 and 15x22. that give me 84 sq ' in coops and 735 sq ' in run space I also free range all day every day. The question is how many birds can I keep with out over crowning. will it be save is some roost in the runs scene they are enclosed? Can someone help.
  2. MrChicken207

    MrChicken207 Chirping

    Jun 4, 2010
    Caribou, Maine
    At the VERY least, with 4 sq ft inside and 10 outside you could have 23 birds. I wouldn't have any roost outside, because if it rains, it won't be fun, also, racoons do pull birds through the netting.

    A better idea would be to have half as many birds, say, ten or 12. you could keep them separate, with a little bit more in the larger coop, (i.e. 6 in the large and 4 in the small). that way they have plenty of space. I'd also provide some shade in the runs if you can.

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