How many chickens for this coop?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by GimmeCake, Sep 22, 2013.

  1. GimmeCake

    GimmeCake Songster

    May 8, 2013
    The coop I'm planning has approx 36sq feet in the run, and 16sq feet in the coop. I was planning on just getting some assorted straight run Silkies, so how many can I fit into the coop? This is the second coop I've built, so I'm bound to make some mistakes regarding how many chickens I'll get lol.
    Last edited: Sep 22, 2013
  2. heidisue

    heidisue Chirping

    Jan 28, 2013
    Marana, Arizona
    I would go with 4-7. Free range time and your location can make a difference.
  3. GimmeCake

    GimmeCake Songster

    May 8, 2013
    I can't free range because where I live things will attack them. Last time someone free ranged here a hen and a rooster were found dead after just 6 months of being free range.

    As for were I live, it's moderately cold in the winter, and moderately hot in the summer. Plenty of grass and stuff like that. Nothing I can think of that would cause problems between the chickens.

    I was going to order straight run, so how many should I order?
  4. Bullitt

    Bullitt Songster

    Jan 16, 2012

    The rule of thumb for standard chickens is 4 square feet of coop space per chicken and 10 square feet of run space per chicken. That would be 4 standard-sized chickens with the space you have.

    But Silkies are smaller birds, so you do not need that much space per bird.

    I think 6 Silkies would be fine with your coop and run. Or, you could expand your space. :)

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