How many chickens????

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by miraclz5, Jun 25, 2011.

  1. miraclz5

    miraclz5 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 5, 2011
    Southeastern Ohio
    I have a 6 X 8 ft coop and a 6 X 12 ft run, how many large chickens can I put in this set up??? They will also have some supervised "free range" time in a fenced in back yard. Thanks for your help and advice!
  2. 7L Farm

    7L Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 22, 2010
    Anderson, Texas
    Here on this forum everyone says 4 sq ft for the coop & 10 sq ft for the run. I personally like to give my chickens alot more space. I wouldn't put any more than 6 chickens in the coop.
  3. MVchickens

    MVchickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 8, 2010
    Martha's Vineyard MA
    At the moment I have 24 birds in my 6x8 coop. The only reason I have that many in there is because they only sleep there. They have a huge fenced run and free range all day out side that run.
  4. LoreenH

    LoreenH Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 10, 2009
    I have 6 in a run about the same size as yours (I think mine is 6x16). The coop is about 3x3x3 but they only sleep in it. They don't spend much time in the run as they are allowed access to the fenced backyard everyday.
  5. monsterkx500

    monsterkx500 Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 29, 2011
    I have 10 in my 4x6 coop. so far they are doing good they are 8 week old. My run is 6x12.
  6. flowergirl60

    flowergirl60 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 13, 2011
    Austin Tx
    I have 3 in 4x8 coop. They are in there only at night. I don't want any more than 4 because I like them to have lots of space.[​IMG]
  7. PhilErvin

    PhilErvin Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 11, 2009
    Yucaipa, CA
    My coop is 4'x6'. There are 1' nesting boxes on the outside of both sides which leaves 4'x4' for the roosting area.
    I have 6 - 4' long roosts in the 4'x4' area which start at 1' from the floor up to 5' up.
    I have 15 girls (12 standard and 3 bantams) they all go in at night, climb to the top two roosts (2 roosts 4' long each) and sleep comfortably.
    In the morning they come down and freerange all day long.
    Happy Healthy chickens [​IMG]
  8. Nicole01

    Nicole01 Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 28, 2011
    It depends how often you free range. If you free range only once in a while, then 7 chicksens. If you free range daily, you will be able to have more. Your coop holds 12 comfortably and your run holds 7 comfortably if they stay in there full time. I currently have 7 standard and 1 bantam. My coop is 12x5x8 and my run is 22x5x5. I do plan on breeding and keeping 1-2 more. I try and free range, but my chicks are scared and run back to their coop/run.

    Edit--- The 4ft and 10ft are just standards. It's up to you what you want to do. My city requires 2-3 square feet in the coop per standard size bird. I'm not sure what the outside requirements are.
    Last edited: Jun 25, 2011

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