How many chickens?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by BLaBauve, Aug 31, 2010.

  1. BLaBauve

    BLaBauve Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 14, 2009
    Georgia
    My run has 236 sq feet. How many LF can fit in that area, comfortably?

    Thank you
     
  2. Gallo del Cielo

    Gallo del Cielo La Gallina Resort & Spa

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    Do you also have a coop? If so, how big is it? The rule of thumb is 4'sq per bird for coop space plus 10'sq per bird for run space. If you have a large enough coop, you could put 23 birds in there comfortably. The fewer birds you put in there, the happier they will all be though.
     
  3. BLaBauve

    BLaBauve Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 14, 2009
    Georgia
    Wow, 23 would be way too many IMO. But good to know. My coop is 6x6, but they're not in it much here in GA. I have 10 hens and plan to add 5 more. I'm glad to know they'll have enough room.
     
  4. Gallo del Cielo

    Gallo del Cielo La Gallina Resort & Spa

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    Yeah, I agree. My run provides 27 sq' per bird and I'm glad they have the space. If you have 15 birds that's nearly 16 sq' per bird just in the run. That's pretty good.
     
  5. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    A 6 x 6 coop is 36 sq ft, which is enough space for 9 chickens.

    (I have four coops, but some of the chickens have decided they want to sleep on the roosts in one particular coop, so the night time occupant load is more than it should be - but they're the ones packing themselves in there!)
     

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