How big can I go?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by tiffanya, Mar 31, 2011.

  1. tiffanya

    tiffanya Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 10, 2010
    I'm debating on how many more hens I can add to my flock. I have a 5x6 coop made out of an old outhouse and a 20x30 run. How many do you think?
  2. JustAChickenLittle&More

    JustAChickenLittle&More Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 25, 2010
    That is really a good size run. I would put up a roost in the oddhouse, so there is more room for them to sleep. Most of the time they stay outside unless it is very hot, or rainy, etc.
  3. mcf3kids

    mcf3kids Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 24, 2011
    I am curious to see what advice you get - the coop size is small but the run is huge - are you in a warm climate where they don't need to be locked into a coop?
  4. tiffanya

    tiffanya Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 10, 2010
    I have probably 11 ft. of roost space in the coop (could probably add 5 more) but to be honest, my chickens always roost really close to each other. All use to pack in a row next to each other on one roost when they were a little younger. I'm in Iowa so for the most part they spend their days outside. However mid-winter, when its 0 degrees and a couple feet of snow on the ground they do stay inside most of the day. I'd say there were probably 20-25 days this winter when they chose mainly to stay inside, always had access to outside though.
  5. Momagain1

    Momagain1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 13, 2011
    Central IL
    I have been told that the height of your coop doesnt matter as they arent gonna be using the upwards space..

    during winters (I'm in IL) they will be on teh coop thats what matters...

    5x6 is 30 sq ft..divided by the MINIMUM 4 ft per bird (that is the "Going" space on here) if they are to be housed in there during any length of time w/o outside time (IE: during our 2 ft snow and 0 days etc)...I would say you can get
    7 birds...

    but like others said; sometimes if you have warmer dont need the big coop due to them being outside so darn much!
  6. tiffanya

    tiffanya Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 10, 2010
    Any reason the height doesn't matter? My birds are always on the roosts or in the nesting boxes year round. Never the floor. (Except for the ducks of course.)[​IMG] Right now I have 12 chickens and 2 ducks, which do just fine. I am planning on getting rid of a roo and moving the ducks, so I'm curious how many more hens I could replace them with.
  7. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    What it really depends on is where you live, whether they will be cooped up part of the year because of snow, or spend most all their waking hours out of the coop, whether they have access to an outdoor, shaded protected area..
  8. galanie

    galanie Treat Dispenser No More

    Aug 20, 2010
    According to the math you could have around 20 birds if you live in a warm climate, but personally I'd have less.
  9. Lawnman127

    Lawnman127 Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 27, 2011
    I agree with Momagain, 7 birds.
    you could probably squeeze the suggested size to 2 sq ft ea and put in 14, but you are really getting them tight.
    Think about the ammonia output in a small area. It will not be a healthy coop if you add to many regardless of
  10. Smiles-N-Sunshine

    Smiles-N-Sunshine Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 19, 2008
    Palominas, Arizona
    I assume your ducks are being housed separately?

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