How many chickens can I keep in this coop/run?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Bahachick, Jan 20, 2011.

  1. Bahachick

    Bahachick Out Of The Brooder

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    The coop is 6x6x6' with 3 egg boxes inside (see pics)
    The run is 12x30'
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    The chicks will be Silver Laced Wyandottes.
     
  2. zaybird77

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    I would say 12 comfortably. If you want to put the max maybe like 18.
     
  3. oldchickenlady

    oldchickenlady Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 9, 2010
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    12 large fowl, more if they are bantams.
     
  4. Chicken0Boy

    Chicken0Boy Chillin' With My Peeps

    With the coop 9 chickens( 6x6=36/4=9)...with the run 36 chickens(12x30=360/10=36)... It really depends on your climate if its warm they will spend more time in run if cold in the coop. Whats your climate? The max I would keep is 15. [​IMG]
     
  5. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    Gosh, that's a tough one. Normally I'm all about the minimum of 4 sq. ft. in the shelter "general" guideline. But in your area (assuming you're Bahamas???), your birds will spend pretty much all day, EVERY day, outside in the run, and will only be inside the shelter for sleeping and laying eggs. Will you have roosts?? Normally, I'd say 9 birds maximum (based on coop size - your run is suitable for many more). But if your are in a tropical area, I'd say you could get by with up to 18 birds if you could find that much roost space. That's only 2 sq. ft. per bird, but they'd never be inside (except for sleeping).

    Now on the other hand, if you think there'd ever be a chance of them having to be contained to the coop shelter (other than night time), then I'd go back to a max. of 9.
     
  6. Bahachick

    Bahachick Out Of The Brooder

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    Yes in the Bahamas and they would only go in to sleep/
    I got 3 6' roosting bars (you can see the U shaped rod holders where they bars go on the inside pics and the rods are leaned against the front of the coop on the outside pics) plus there is space for one more above the boxes if I need it.
    I was hoping for space to put 20 of the silver laced wyandottes in there?
     
  7. CoyoteMagic

    CoyoteMagic RIP ?-2014

    I wouldn't go more than 12. Even though you are in an area that doesn't need to worry about snow like the rest of us, the chickens still need a bit of room to move around. 12 birds would give them 3 ft of room.
     
  8. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    Well I can't recommend 20. It took a LOT for me to sound okay with the 2 sq. ft. per bird in your setting...lol. But you have to do what you have to do. Although my little flock does tend to squeeze together on their roost (only one or two birds sits on my lower, second roost), they have that space to turn themselves around, hop down on one to rearrange themselves, etc. At 18 birds, they will be pretty packed onto those three roosts, and really won't have much space to rearrange, or for a bird that's getting pecked at a bit to get out of the way. And with three roosts, there's not going to be much space between the roosts for them to hop up onto them (about 18 inches between roosts?). So to add another roost above the nest boxes (which actually isn't a bad idea)...would they have space to hop up there????
     
  9. Kittymomma

    Kittymomma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I agree. Also, If you crowd them in there the clean up is going to be tough. For sure need some roosts and I'd look into poop boards to go under them too. Beautifull little coop/run set up and lovely area. You're going to have some very lucky birds.
     
  10. Bahachick

    Bahachick Out Of The Brooder

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    OK I will keep 15 then. Just where am I gonna put the 35 extras I had to order to get them delivered with a health certificate ? :-(
    I may just put up a roost with a roof over it outdoors and have some of them spend the night there.
    We got racoons in the bush around but the never venture inside my yard because of my 3 dogs. Hopefully they won't get inside the run. If they do we will know about them.
     

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