how many chickens can i have?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Iheartchicks<3:), Sep 7, 2010.

  1. Iheartchicks<3:)

    Iheartchicks<3:) Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 1, 2010
    Mount Vernon, WA
    my run is 12 ft by 17 feet my coop is 5 by 7.5 feet. how many chickens can i get to fit comfortably? there is 8 nest boxes.
     
  2. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair &amp; Feathers

    9 or 10 if they spend most of their time outdoors. Your coop, if there is nothing on the floor (like feeders or waterers or the nest boxes), can support 9, maybe 10 chickens. Your run could handle 20 chickens.

    It's always better to have MORE space than you need than crowd them too much.

    The "general rule" is 4 square feet of coop space for each large fowl (standard) chicken and 10 square feet per chicken in the run.
     
  3. Iheartchicks<3:)

    Iheartchicks<3:) Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 1, 2010
    Mount Vernon, WA
    they would only go in at night.. because my run isnt totally predator proof. but once i get the money it will be..
    also.. can i empty 3 bags of grass clipping into the run if they have lots of grit?
     

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