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How big should the run be??

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by crumptz, Apr 2, 2012.

  1. crumptz

    crumptz Chirping

    Mar 22, 2012
    Mountain View, CA
    I have 5 hens... chicks at this time... building a coop 3X5 with nest boxes on the outside. I need to build a run. I am not planning on free ranging since the last time I did I lost a great deal of my garden and my hens made a huge amount of noise. How big does my run need to be for the 5 girls?

  2. DreadedMoonMama

    DreadedMoonMama In the Brooder

    Jan 26, 2012
    The general rule is 10sf per bird. So at least 50. Also, it's usually suggested at least 4sf per bird for the coop, so I would make the coop a bit bigger if you aren't too far into it.
  3. Fleabuskitty

    Fleabuskitty Songster

    Feb 23, 2011
    If they are not free-ranging, I'd say 8 to 10 square feet of run space each, but more is always better. It also depends on the breeds. Smaller breeds like Leghorns and other light breeds may be okay with a little less space than large Wyandottes and Plymouth Rocks. I've had small bantams (Seramas) be perfectly happy with less than 5 square feet of space.

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