How many chickens can my coop hold?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Peachesbabychick, Dec 14, 2011.

  1. Peachesbabychick

    Peachesbabychick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Hi everyone! I have an 8ft by 8ft coop, and I was wondering about how many chickens that would house comfortably (orpington's) I have 7 hens in there now and am going to be getting 6 more in Jan. Is my coop big enough?

    Thankyou for the help!
  2. wyoDreamer

    wyoDreamer Overrun With Chickens

    Nov 10, 2010
    The rule of thumb that is repeated here is 4 square feet per bird in the coop. Following that guideline you have room for 16 max.
  3. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 26, 2011
    Upper Peninsula Michigan
    My coop space is a little smaller than yours, 48 square feet or 12 chickens by the 4 sq foot rule. I do have 16 chickens, but 3 are banties and I also have several long roosts and a large outdoor pen they have access to all day.
  4. Peachesbabychick

    Peachesbabychick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oh ok. That's perfect! I have a huge run also, that they have access to all day. And then I go down there around noon and let them out to free-range.

    Thankyou for your help!
  5. TDM

    TDM Chillin' With My Peeps

    The rule here is two square feet per bird, so you have a ways to go.

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