How big should the run be??

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

  1. crumptz

    crumptz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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 Out Of The Brooder

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    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 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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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