How many chickens can i keep in my coop

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by honeybeez1994, Aug 30, 2009.

  1. honeybeez1994

    honeybeez1994 New Egg

    Aug 20, 2009
    I have a coop that is 4'x4' and it has a 1'x4' loft and 4 nesting boxes and most likely a run that is 12' x 4'. So the coop has a 20 sq. Ft and the run is 48 sq. ft. How many chickens do you think i can keep

  2. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

    Sep 14, 2008
    Adair Co., KY
    At the most I would keep 5, but 4 would be happier. The minimum requirements are 4 sq. ft. per bird inside, and 10 sq. ft. per bird outside.
  3. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    Somewhere between 1 and 8, depending on your climate and the chickens and how much you don't mind risking that they will develop the habit of killing each other [​IMG]

    4 is probably the highest number that is reasonable to try. A larger run might let you try more IF you are in a year-round balmy climate where they would never really experience weather that makes them want to stay indoors.

    (e.t.a. - you won't need 4 nest boxes though. 1 is enough if you only have 4 hens; if you have more, a second would be a good idea; but you will never need those third and fourth boxes so may as well remove them and give the hens a little more space in there, perhaps as a small 'shelf' or an additional roost.)

    Good luck, have fun,

    Last edited: Aug 31, 2009

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