How many chickens for this size coop/ run?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by jwyles, Jan 13, 2018.

  1. jwyles

    jwyles Free Ranging

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    I have a 9 x 12 coop and adding a 12 x 13 run. How many f/s chickens could be maintained in this? Coop will have an opening for f/t access to run. Just FYI I currently have 9 adult hens and 1 cockerel growing out.
     
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  2. junebuggena

    junebuggena Crowing

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    Coop is large enough for about 27. Run is big enough for 15.
     
  3. featheredplanets

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    LF ‘minimum’ is about 4sqft per in the coop. 10sqft in the run. I’m no good at maths, but I think your coop could handle 27, your run, 15.
     
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  4. junebuggena

    junebuggena Crowing

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    The run is definitely the limiting factor here.
     
  5. jwyles

    jwyles Free Ranging

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    We had a small coop and large covered run but chicken math happened so we converted out large covered run to a coop and have been letting our birds free range, but we decided to turn the garden off the side of the coop into the run to keep them contained. If I didn't have limited space run would definitely be bigger but I'm working with what I've got. I knew the 4 ft 10 ft rule but wasn't sure if having a large coop could some how make up for a small run and allow me more chucks. So much for wishful thinking! :confused::idunno
     
  6. junebuggena

    junebuggena Crowing

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    If the coop is wide open to the run, like mine, you can get by with a few more birds in the space. I've got a 8 X 10 coop and a 10 X 10 covered run for a total of 180 sq ft, average flock size is about 20, give or take a few cockerels/grow outs. But keep in mind, this is an established flock with a stable pecking order. I need that outer pen when integrating chicks or new adult birds.
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    The outer pen is under construction while I repair the fencing that bears have trampled.
     
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  7. jwyles

    jwyles Free Ranging

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    That's what I was thinking. This my old set up. I enclosed the open run you see here and converted the little play house part has a screen between it and the coop bc I plan to add a run off the front of it for my daughters' bantams. 4 of them. I just recently acquired a cockerels which I plan to breed to my flock. (You and I discussed it @junebuggena in another thread ) and I'm wondering how many offspring I can keep. It's killing me not putting together s spring chick order, but I want to be able to keep my own babes if I want to.
     

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  8. ChickNanny13

    ChickNanny13 Free Ranging 5 Years

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    Rule of thumb, minimum 4 sq ft per chicken in coop & 10 sq ft per in the run. However BIGGER the better, more space less issues with the flock. And the worst is Chicken Math :oops:
     
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    jwyles Free Ranging

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    No need to hide @ChickNanny13 :lau! I agree. Just wondering if abdyine with experience has dealt with a hug coop vs small-ish run. Hoping to get away with a few more than minimum if possible based on total square footage. Lol!
     
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  10. Farmer Connie

    Farmer Connie ---CMS--- (Chicken Math Syndrome) Premium Member

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