# 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'uccleChillin' With My Peeps

Aug 15, 2011
Fort Worth, TX
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. ### ToshiChillin' 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!!

3. ### LightfooteOut 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...

Lightfoote

4. ### TigerLillyI failed Chicken Math

Jul 18, 2010
Central Florida
NONE...now can I have your coop?

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'uccleChillin' With My Peeps

Aug 15, 2011
Fort Worth, TX
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.