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How many chickens in this coop/run?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by kellykate, Aug 13, 2013.

  1. kellykate

    kellykate Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have an 8x6 coop and a 15x15 run. How many chickens would you think would comfortably fit in here and stay warm in the winter. I have 16 chicks right now (5 bantams and 11 standards) but have a feeling I need to sell a few as they are getting bigger but I want them to stay warm this winter. As of now, we are having no pecking issues whatsoever -- a pretty chill bunch. They free-range for a couple hours in the evening. Thanks for your help
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  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    One of my coops and runs are almost identical in size and originally I had 10 LF hens in there and figured it could hold 12-14 if they grew up together.
    I've never had more than 11 and a rooster in there and most of the time about 5 and a roo.
     
  3. chicken pickin

    chicken pickin Overrun With Chickens

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    I think 16 is just fine. And with 5 being bantams that helps. My largest chicken coop is 8x4 coop with 12x12run(+8x4 under the coop)and I started with 12 chickens in it and they did just fine. Right now I have 9(8hens 1rooster) in it and they look comfortable but I do plan to add 2 more hens before winter comes. So I will have 11 total.
     
  4. kellykate

    kellykate Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Great thanks so much!
     
  5. jorey

    jorey Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Love the rainbow in the pic. Coops pretty also.
     
  6. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Gorgeous photograph!

    The only time you might have a problem spacewise is if you have to confine them to the coop for days on end due to extreme weather or predation issues.
    Do you get a ton of snow there? Is the run roofed and the windward side protected? They may not spend much time in the run if the snow is very deep.

    That's a nice little building, is it adequately ventilated? Humidity, from respiration and excretions, is serious concern with a crowded coop....especially in a freezing climate.
    Heat is not necessary, and can be detrimental, if they have lots of ventilation and roosts are out of the direct wind/drafts.

    Great article on ventilation.
     

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