How many chickens can I raise in a 8x12 coop

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by animal nut, Sep 25, 2008.

  1. animal nut

    animal nut Songster

    Sep 11, 2008
    S. E Ohio
    I have an 8x12 coop and would like to know how many can I keep happy. I have a 432 sp. ft. running and can expand this alot larger. I currently have 6 under a year old and 15 day of chicks.


    2 teenagers.
    3 dogs, 2 cats,2 household birds and now 21 chickens
  2. stayathomedad

    stayathomedad In the Brooder

    Aug 19, 2008
    I'm no expert by any means, but I believe the general rule of thumb is 4 square ft per chicken. So you should be able to have 24.
  3. hinkjc

    hinkjc Crowing

    Jan 11, 2007
    It also depends on where you live and if it's a cold climate. We allow for 10 sq ft per bird in the coop for when we're in deep snow or deep freeze. With that in mind, I would only put 10 birds in an 8 X 12 space.

  4. Chirpy

    Chirpy Balderdash

    May 24, 2007
    The above people are correct. You should allow 4 sq. feet per Standard size chicken inside the coop and 10 sq. feet per Standard size chicken for outside run space. I am a huge advocate of having less chickens than more. When people put the maximum amount of chickens they can in their coop they usually end up with problems like feather
    pecking. If you ever had to lock them inside for even a day (due to bad weather) the chickens will go stir crazy and take it out on each other if they don't have plenty of space inside.

    I particularly like how hinkjc does it.
  5. jnjross

    jnjross Songster

    Apr 3, 2008
    edwards, ms
    we have 8*10 with 22 and i don't think i could fit no more
  6. animal nut

    animal nut Songster

    Sep 11, 2008
    S. E Ohio
    Thanks, everyone... I wondered because if you use the square footage according to books arround 30 is correct. I am new at this and if you listen to people like yourselves I know I am getting experience.[​IMG]

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