how many chicks?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by hyde8909, Jan 26, 2014.

  1. hyde8909

    hyde8909 New Egg

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    Hello! I'm new to the chicken world and have been nonstop researching the last few weeks. One thing I can't seem to figure is how many chickens can my 4'x8' coop hold? I will be building my run when the ground thaws, I'm in MI. I am converting an ice shanny my husband built last winter into a coop. He's so generous ;)
     
  2. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    In an 8 x 4 foot coop, you can probably keep at least 8 chickens, possibly more if you have a run. This gives each chicken about 4 square feet of inside space.
     
  3. hyde8909

    hyde8909 New Egg

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    Oh wow :) that's great news! Thank you so much! I cannot wait to get my chicks.
     
  4. MyPetNugget

    MyPetNugget Enjoying the cold!!!

    I agree with Wyandottes7. A run would be very good.
     
  5. hyde8909

    hyde8909 New Egg

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    Thank you. Unfortunately the ground is frozen solid. :( wish I would have did it in the fall. Thats what i get for procratinating. Chicks can be out of the brooder around 4-5 weeks right? I plan on getting silver laced wynodettes, Rhode island reds, and maybe a couple Sussex. They seem to be good dual purpose birds from what I read.
     
  6. MyPetNugget

    MyPetNugget Enjoying the cold!!!

    Good choices! I wish I had a SLW. I hope things warm up soon!
     
  7. hyde8909

    hyde8909 New Egg

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    Me too! I'm over winter. Ready for spring already.
     
  8. MyPetNugget

    MyPetNugget Enjoying the cold!!!

    Yeah, I think even the chickens are ready for spring.[​IMG]
     
  9. bluefrog87

    bluefrog87 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Depends on size but standard chicken 8, bantam maybe 10. This would be on the high end. Have fun!

    Standard - 4 sq ft

    bantam - 2-3 sq ft


    Edited for typo
     
    Last edited: Jan 26, 2014

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