How big of a coop should i have for about 30 chickens?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Herechickychick, Feb 16, 2009.

  1. Herechickychick

    Herechickychick Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 16, 2009
    Northern California
    Hi I am ordering 26 baby chicks from Murray McMurray Hatchery soon and i want to know how big of a coop I need to have. I want some extra space in case I can get some more. Thanks!
    Last edited: Feb 16, 2009
  2. LlamaChick

    LlamaChick Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 1, 2008
    Llama Country
    I would do 200 sq ft as then you can have up to 50 birds! LOL But a good rule of thumb is 4 sq ft per chicken.
  3. B. Saffles Farms

    B. Saffles Farms Mr. Yappy Chickenizer

    Nov 23, 2008
    Madisonville, TN
    For 30 chickens you will need at least 120sq ft. A 10x12 coop for example. But if you are thinking of getting more, then I would build it quite a bit bigger. [​IMG]
  4. ArizonaDesertChicks

    ArizonaDesertChicks Eggstactic for Pretty Eggs

    Dec 8, 2008
    Glendale, AZ
    You would also need to make sure your run is large enough - about 300 sf for 30 chickens.
  5. #1California Chick

    #1California Chick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 5, 2008
    SF Bay Area
    [​IMG] Welcome to BYC!! [​IMG]

    The basic requirements are 4 sq feet per chicken in a coop and 10 sq feet per chicken in a run. More if they will spend more time indoors during winter weather!!

    Good Luck!!

  6. Herechickychick

    Herechickychick Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 16, 2009
    Northern California
  7. Zahboo

    Zahboo Simply Stated

    Feb 3, 2009
    Hope Mills, NC
    I would do a 14x10. That's enough for 35 chickens! Or you can go a 12x12
  8. christineandallie

    christineandallie New Egg

    Feb 18, 2009
    I'm confused. I've been reading a lot and have not yet built my coop. I want to have 2-3 laying hens and then I want to buy 20 chicks for meat. Now those 20 will only be around for about 12 weeks and part of the time they'll be little. How much outside run space do I need in this situation? [​IMG] The permanent residence will only be 2-3 for 20-30 square feet but what about the temporary chickens? Thanks everyone. [​IMG]

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