How many chickens?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by usmc88222, Sep 2, 2015.

  1. usmc88222

    usmc88222 New Egg

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    I am building a coop 7 1/2' long 6'wide and 6'tall, with a run that is 14'long 6'wide and 8'tall. How many chickens would I ba able to fit comfortably in this coop and run?
     
  2. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    The run is big enough for about 8.
     
  3. usmc88222

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    Only 8. Coop is 7 1/2 feet long and 6feet wide and 6 feet tall. Is that not big enough. I would like 25 free during the day. Run is 14 feet long 6 feet wide and 8 feet tall.
     
  4. trailrider330

    trailrider330 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Even if you were to free-range during the day, your coop is still only big enough for 11 chickens at the most. However, if you plan to give them only have access to their coop and run, then only 8 chickens would be recommended, at the most.
     
  5. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    The run is only 84 sq ft. The average medium sized hen needs at least 10 sq ft of run space. The coop might be plenty big, which will be great for rainy, stormy days; but the run is where they will spend most of their time. It's only big enough for 8.
    Coop is big enough for about 9.
    General guidelines are 4 sq ft of coop space per medium sized (most white egg layers) hen. Larger, dual purpose breeds need about 5 sq ft of coop space per hen.
     
  6. usmc88222

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    Ok thank you
     
  7. Mutt Farm

    Mutt Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Rule of thumb is 4 sq ft floor space per hen minimum. You could easily fit 10 in the coop IF it has that much floor space after nest boxes and roosts. The run is good enough for 8-10 as well. If they are free during the day that's a bit better, but they still need a bit of room at night and in bad weather. If you'd "like" 25, you can do it. Thing is, it might not be worth it with the extra hours of daily cleaning. When it's stinky and hard to clean, chickens get sick from the bad air, they get crowded and mad, start pecking and injuring each other, then the flies start laying eggs, the chickens have maggots...
     
  8. usmc88222

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    So for 25 birds I need 100square feet. 10X10 coop with 250 square feet of run. Is this corrret
     
  9. usmc88222

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    Coop 10x10. And run 15x15 for 25 birds. Is this correct
     
  10. Mutt Farm

    Mutt Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

    That would make your chicken keeping much easier, life with chickens much more manageable and your chickens much healthier and productive. Lots of other stuff you can do regarding bedding, feeders, waterers to make this easy. Type a subject in the forum search bar for tons of great ideas. Best of luck to you!
     
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