How many chickens could I house comfortably in a 14' X 30' run?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Citron_d'uccle, Sep 18, 2011.

  1. Citron_d'uccle

    Citron_d'uccle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How many chickens could I house comfortably in a 14' X 30' run with an attached 8' x 14' coop? Is 50 bird too many?
     
  2. Toshi

    Toshi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    For the coop it is 4 sq foot per bird, and for the run it is 10 sq foot per bird

    So with the coop you have now you could house: 28 birds, i think i am right not sure haha. Cuz 8' X 14' is 112 sq foot, divide that by 4 and you get 28

    For the run if you times that you got 420 sq foot divide it by 10 you get 42.

    For your coop 50 would be to many, and for the run ir would be a little to many too, if you want to house 50 make both run and coop biger. Sorry if this is wrong i am not sure how all you all do the math for it. So if i am wrong sorry!! [​IMG]
     
  3. Lightfoote

    Lightfoote Out Of The Brooder

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    No, 50 is not too many for the number of total square feet (420, coop not included) however it would be tight quarters in the coop itself. Suggested ratios per bird are 2 to 3 sq. ft. inside the coop and 4 to 6 sq. ft. of run space which would indicate a need for 100 to 150 ft of coop footage and 200 to 300 feet of run. If the coop has a fairly high ceiling and plenty of roosting spots, you'll be okay, but at a maximum. Your run could (theoretically) serve 100 birds, but the coop, no...

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  4. TigerLilly

    TigerLilly I failed Chicken Math

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    NONE...now can I have your coop? [​IMG]

    The general rule of thumb is 4 sq ft per large fowl inside the coop & 10 sq ft per bird in the run
     
  5. Citron_d'uccle

    Citron_d'uccle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So maybe if I increase the coop size to say, 14' X 20', then I think it may be ok. 14x20=280 so that gives me 5.6' of coop space along with a square footage of 420 in the run area, or 8.4 square feet per bird.
     

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