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How many can this hold? 10x10x6

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Mikhail, Apr 13, 2009.

  1. Mikhail

    Mikhail Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Its 10 ft x 10 ft x 6 ft (the 6 ft is how tall). How many chickens can it comfortably fit? They won't be in there 24/7, they'll have probably at least 2-4 hours a day out in the yard and indoors.
     
  2. bigmike&nan

    bigmike&nan Chillin' With My Peeps

    10 x 10 = 100 sq. feet. Most shed and coop sellers would tell you a highly inflated number of birds. Most folks here would say four square feet, BUT and I can't stress it enough, I suggest you give your birds at least FIVE SQUARE FEET... if you can give them more. It just makes for a happier healthier flock. So if you used my rule of thumb you could safely have say up to 20 full sized birds, though I would still err on the side of caution and go with say 12-15. And a well protected (and tall) run is worth it's weight in gold. Don't scrimp there, get hardware cloth... As folks here say chicken wire will only hold in chickens.

    Read the threads, do searches on your questions you will find a wealth of info here... Some VERY smart and nice folks here.

    Michael

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  3. Mikhail

    Mikhail Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] No worries, it would be a miracle if I were allowed that many chickens.
    but at least my (future) chickens will have a lot of room!

    Its a dog kennel run and made of thick chainlink fencing I think, so no predators will get in (we only have raccoons and *maybe* foxes)
     
  4. joebryant

    joebryant Overrun With Chickens

    I agree with everything that "bigmike&nan" said.

    If you're going to use a dog run for a chicken run, be SURE to run two feet of hardware cloth around the perimeter. I've seen the feathered remains were a raccoon reached through one-inch chicken wire and ate a live hen one bite at a time, leaving nothing.
    Also, get a roll of 2x4 farm fencing to lay/stake down on the ground and cover with dirt all the way around your run; otherwise, anything and everything will just dig its way in.
    If that wasn't scary enough, I can recommend some good Dracula movies.
     
  5. WestKnollAmy

    WestKnollAmy The Crazy Chicken Lady Premium Member

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    We have 2 tractors that are this size. We call them the M*A*S*H units. I have 6 birds in each one and we move them once a week. When they get into little squabbles or the roo is breeding them, the room is wonderful.
    We are thinking of eventually putting 20 birds in one but they will only be closed in it at night and free range the pasture during the day. At this point when they are in breeding and can't be let out I would not put more than my 6 in them. It really keeps them happy to not have to constantly stay out of another bird's space.
    I might add here that all my birds have stayed in very good health, no injuries and have laid all winter like gang busters. I totally believe it is because they are not ever over crowded.

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  6. Sissy

    Sissy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I agree to all above except if you deceide
    on bantys you have more them enough room for 30.
    and a added out door run. they have the freedom to come and go as they chose.
     
  7. Sissy

    Sissy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I agree to all above except if you deceide
    on bantys you have more them enough room for 30.
    and a added out door run. they have the freedom to come and go as they chose.
     
  8. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

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    Quote:Wait, will there be a run, or will they be in the coop 20-22 hrs per day?

    If there is a run, I agree pretty much with what others have said.

    If there will be no run, just being briefly let out into the yard (and a few hrs a day *is* brief), the standard recommendation is for no less than 10 sq ft per chicken, and even that is a bit tight if you ask me.

    At 10 sq ft per chicken, that would be 10 chickens.

    I'd HIGHLY recommend building a reasonably secure run they can use from dawn to dusk... not only can you 'have' more chickens in principle, but they will be happier and healthier.

    Good luck, have fun,

    Pat
     
  9. chickenwhisperer123

    chickenwhisperer123 Whispers Loudly

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    Quote:Wait, will there be a run, or will they be in the coop 20-22 hrs per day?

    If there is a run, I agree pretty much with what others have said.

    If there will be no run, just being briefly let out into the yard (and a few hrs a day *is* brief), the standard recommendation is for no less than 10 sq ft per chicken, and even that is a bit tight if you ask me.

    At 10 sq ft per chicken, that would be 10 chickens.

    I'd HIGHLY recommend building a reasonably secure run they can use from dawn to dusk... not only can you 'have' more chickens in principle, but they will be happier and healthier.

    Good luck, have fun,

    Pat

    AMEN!!
     
  10. Mikhail

    Mikhail Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just the run, no coop.

    Thanks for all the tips!
     

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