How big of a run for 15 chickens?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by blessedmamato3, Aug 24, 2011.

  1. blessedmamato3

    blessedmamato3 Out Of The Brooder

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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?

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  2. TeePants

    TeePants Chillin' With My Peeps

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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.
     
  3. ALRwild

    ALRwild Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I agree.
     
  4. Baymen Moe

    Baymen Moe Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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.
     
  5. 10 point

    10 point country boy

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    150 square feet but I would go bigger with chicken math
     
  6. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    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.
     
  7. florida lee

    florida lee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    my run is 12 x 45' and coop is 8 x 10', with 11 chickens they have plenty of room.

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