how many chickens i really need advice

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by swiftfoot, May 12, 2008.

  1. swiftfoot

    swiftfoot Chillin' With My Peeps

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    can i fit into an 8x4 coop it is 5 ft tall this coop will be just to lay or roost in
     
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  2. swiftfoot

    swiftfoot Chillin' With My Peeps

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    does anyone know??
     
  3. Dilly

    Dilly Cooped Up

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    eight to ten comfortably. have fun.
     
  4. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

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    Eight to ten, assuming they have a good-sized run as well. (Even if you are planning on freeranging, it is *really really* worthwhile building a run, for times when they cannot safely be out or for times when you won't be home at nightfall to lock them into their coop).

    Some people would go as much as 16. But the more you crowd them in the more likely you are to have problems with picking, cannibalism, disease etc... or in a totally freerange situation, with some of the flock deciding to spend the night outdoors and getting themselves et by predators.

    Pat
     
  5. Hangin Wit My Peeps

    Hangin Wit My Peeps AutumnBreezeChickens.com

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    If you use the 3-4 foot per sq feet per bird that would be about 8 - 10 hens.
     
  6. swiftfoot

    swiftfoot Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thanks guys
     

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