how big should a chicken house be for 300 chickens?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by floridachickhatcher, Jul 14, 2011.

  1. floridachickhatcher

    floridachickhatcher Chillin' With My Peeps

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    topic cause my mom wants to make sure its big enough
     
  2. TheJuan-n-Only

    TheJuan-n-Only Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 10, 2010
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    Huge [​IMG] hehehehe sorry couldn't help myself! lol
     
  3. WA4-Hpoultrymom

    WA4-Hpoultrymom Never enough coops...

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    They say 4 sq ft per bird inside the coop, so 1200 sq ft.

    Ah, just saw you live in FL. I think that 4 sq ft inside is for locations where birds may be locked into their coop/house for periods of time, such as bad winters, etc. And that may be the case where you are if you get the hurricanes coming through or bad storms regularly. If not, I think you could go down to maybe 3 sq ft per bird, as long as they had plenty of outside space with a large shaded area that was sheltered for wind. I've heard 10 sq ft per bird is the minimum you should have in the run area, so you would need 3000 sq ft for the run area.
     
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  4. carrlr

    carrlr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I agree with 1200 sq ft. You would need an adequate free range or run area as well, so they could "stretch".
     
  5. floridachickhatcher

    floridachickhatcher Chillin' With My Peeps

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    okay i will be sure to tell my mom and yeah the house and yard is going to be HUGE

    if i have this right 300 eggs a day X 7 is 2100 eggs every week

    2100 eggs / by 12 is 175 dozen eggs a week

    good lord....where in hell are we going to put that many eggs lol
     
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  6. floridachickhatcher

    floridachickhatcher Chillin' With My Peeps

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    if you build a 16 foot four sided square how much sq foot is it?
     
  7. cupman

    cupman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    256 square feet. You are going to really need to think this one out. Your coop is going to need to be like 35x35. or go the rectangle route.
     
  8. fiddlebanshee

    fiddlebanshee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    With this many birds you'd have to think through many issues such as provision of feed and water, unless you want to make it your day's work just feeding and watering them. Also have adequate storage for feed and other necessities. And predator proofing an enormous run. Wow, my head hurts thinking about it. And here I was, thinking 10 was a lot. [​IMG]
     
  9. TheJuan-n-Only

    TheJuan-n-Only Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 10, 2010
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    Good point.....an auto waterer and feeder would be needed......and wow, that is going to be a huge feed bill! lol
     
  10. welasharon

    welasharon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would start smaller and work up. That's a whole lot of birds and will need a lot of feed and room. You need to make sure you are zoned for that size of operation. Is she wanting to sell eggs? Meat?
    sharon
     

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