How Many Can I Have?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Chilebound, Jul 23, 2010.

  1. Chilebound

    Chilebound In the Brooder

    Jun 15, 2010
    I have an 8'x8' coop has a 9' ceiling, and an attached 50'x 40' pen. How many chickens can I have without affecting life quality? (Thiers or mine!) I think I read how to compute this somewhere before, but can't find it now. THanks for your patients: a 'new egg'

  2. Pequena Bandada

    Pequena Bandada Small Flock

    Jun 13, 2010
    On average you need four interior square feet per chicken and 10 outdoor square feet. So, 8x8 is 64 square feet. That means you could have 16 chickens comfortably. You could have a lot more in your run, but the coop will be the limiting factor. Enjoy!
  3. Chilebound

    Chilebound In the Brooder

    Jun 15, 2010
    Thanks! Guess how many I have--exactly? 16! I wish that I had built a bigger coop--I'd love to have more.......
  4. gardenak

    gardenak Songster

    Apr 3, 2009
    Douglas, AK
    Don't we all! If I'd have known then what I know now. . . [​IMG]
  5. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    Quote:The answer in my opinion is "as few as you can bring yourself to have". I have kept chickens at 4 sq ft per chicken indoors (plus run) and at 15 sq ft per chickens indoors (plus run) and I gotta tell you, they really behave differently with the larger amount of space available.

    I'm not telling you what to DO, that is a personal choice, I'm just answering your question -- it *does* affect their quality of life, in my observation, to have 4 sq ft apiece versus more ample quarters.

    (It is also easier to manage and clean up after fewer chickens per unit area, and you are less apt to run into problems like smelliness)

    Just sayin', good luck, have fun,


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