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Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by RNT chickens, Sep 30, 2014.

  1. RNT chickens

    RNT chickens Out Of The Brooder

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    My run is 10x15 coop is 6ft long 4ft wide 4 high how many hens could i have?
     
  2. Northern nurse

    Northern nurse Out Of The Brooder

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    Using the 4 sq ft per bird, your 4x6 coop = 24 sq ft which should comfortably hold 6 birds. Your run is 150 sq ft which would be adequate for a dozen or so birds but you really have to go by what you can fit into your coop.
     
  3. Folly's place

    Folly's place Overrun With Chickens

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    I think that four sq. ft. is pushing it if your weather keeps the birds inside; I've got almost five sq. ft. in my coop, and some of my birds are bantams, and it can get tense in there if the weather's bad in winter. Mary
     
  4. thomasboyle

    thomasboyle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    As Northern Nurse has said, at 4 sq ft per bird, your coop is limiting you to 6 birds. But your run can handle up to 15 birds. The solution? Add another coop!
     
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    Wxguru Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am building a 4.5X7.5 coop and going with 6 hens....and run of 7.5X10...
     
  6. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed

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    What is your climate? How are you going to manage them? Will they always have access to the run or will you lock them up at night and for part of the day? Will weather or your schedule allow them access to the run at all times? Will you ever integrate new chickens? Will you let a broody hen hatch or raise chicks with the flock? Are they full sized or Bantam? How hard do you want to work? How do you plan to manage the poop?

    You can follow the link in my signature to see my thoughts on space, but I’d have to know a whole lot more about your situation before I’d even hazard a guess as to how many chickens you should get. If they have access to that run whenever they are awake you have room for more than if they are locked up part of the time they are awake. You are not limited by your coop by itself. You are limited by how much room they have available when they need it.
     
  7. RNT chickens

    RNT chickens Out Of The Brooder

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    I dont have a rooster so no hens setting.i live on the coast of NC so i don't think i will need to close them in the coop.
    I have a top on half the run and they can go under the coop it's 24" off the ground.i have red star and barred rock hens
    I have a door at both ends of the coop with a poop tray and staw.i use it in my compost.
    That's a roof on half the run.net on other half.automatic feed and water. The feed and water are in the run.
    The coop is only for them to roost.i have 4 laying box's but can add more.
     
    Last edited: Oct 1, 2014
  8. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed

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    Four nests are plenty. With full sized hens, no roosters, and a set-up where they have constant access to that run, I'd think you could handle 8 or maybe 10 hens without a big problem.

    Isn't that stuff nice for the compost. I just bagged up 9 chicken feed bags full of compost and started a fresh batch.
     
  9. RNT chickens

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    I have 12 hens now and they same to be doing ok.they were all raised together. do no how adding others would do.
     

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