How big of a run for 15 chickens?

blessedmamato3

In the Brooder
8 Years
Jul 11, 2011
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I'm planning on free ranging them, but want to make the run the right size in case I can't. How many square feet per bird?

Thanks!
 

TeePants

Songster
10 Years
Aug 11, 2011
375
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I think the general rule of thumb for runs is ~10sqft per bird, with 3sqft per bird roosting space. At least, that's what I've read.
 

Baymen Moe

Songster
12 Years
Jan 17, 2009
522
38
219
Pembroke, Ma.
Go as big as you can. I made my run 12x16ft for 15 birds and I still have pecking issues with 11 birds now. I don't free range. My coop is 8x8. All my birds are healthy, just a little feather pecked.
 

teach1rusl

Love My Chickens
10 Years
Jul 28, 2009
10,017
201
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Floyds Knobs, Indiana
My Coop
My Coop
If you KNOW you're going to free range most of the time (taking into consideration times you may be out of town, or may need to keep them penned for other reasons) , then 150 sq. ft. would work fine. That way you won't feel too badly for them during those few contained times. But if there's a possibility that you won't be able to free range, then go much bigger, as large as you can. If you really think about it, 10 sq. ft is just a little bigger than a 3x3 space each, which really isn't much.
 

florida lee

Songster
8 Years
Apr 6, 2011
359
13
119
Morriston,fl
my run is 12 x 45' and coop is 8 x 10', with 11 chickens they have plenty of room.

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