How many chicks to buy? (pics)

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by empireranch, Jun 24, 2010.

  1. empireranch

    empireranch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Here is my coop. It is 3.5' x 6.5' = 22.75 sq ft - on concrete slab - ventilation on all four sides - locks to be put on doors
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    The nesting box area is raised and is only 3' x 3'
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    The coop is in an enclosed area of 13' x 19' = 247 sq ft - top of enclosure will be covered with 7/8" polyethylene netting - chickens will be locked in coop at night.
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    Chicks arrive at feed store tomorrow - SLW, BLRW and Speckled Sussex. Next week are Autralorpes and Buff Orpingtons. I would love to get one of each, but is 5 too many? I live in the San Diego area, so chickens will be outside most of the year. Any thoughts?
     
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  2. kybeagle

    kybeagle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You should have 4 square feet of coop space per chicken, if they are bantams you can figure around 3 square feet.
     
  3. keedokes

    keedokes Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think five would fit in there. It looks great!
     
  4. Kittymomma

    Kittymomma Chillin' With My Peeps

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  5. IwannaBEaMERMAID

    IwannaBEaMERMAID Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I get 1 or 2+ what I need....In case of.....casualties [​IMG]
     
  6. TK421

    TK421 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You have a HUGE run for the size of your coop. I think an average of 5 would be fine, but starting with a few extras would be ok too, due to your big run size.
     

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