How Many Hens Can I Have In My Tractor

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by John01, Jan 27, 2008.

  1. John01

    John01 In the Brooder

    Jan 27, 2008
    Here is a pic of the Tractor I am building, The dimensions of the living quarters are 4 feet long x 3 feet wide x 30 inches tall (Obviously the width gets narrower at the top because of the triangle shape.

    I'm gonna have 2 or 3 nest box areas

    A roosting bar or 2 or 3

    There will be 8' of open space outside the living area and I do intend to let them out to free range a bit.

    My question is how many hens can I effectively have in here, I ordered 8 chicks from MPC for Feb delivery and am thinking that may be too many once they grow to size...


  2. cristina33

    cristina33 Songster

    Jan 11, 2007
    I would say 4 Tops!
    Take Care
    Last edited: Jan 27, 2008
  3. Cheryl

    Cheryl Songster

    One nest box is all that is needed for your a-frame that will as Cristina put it "4 tops!"....You could always duplicate the coop part on the other end to accomodate all chickens, but maybe they'll need a bit more outdoor space as well?
  4. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    is the entire tractor 8' long, or is it 12'?

    if 8', then I would say things will start to get real crowded past 4 birds - think about how/where the roost space will be constructed too (you'll need something like 10" of width per bird)

    if it's 12' long, total, I would say up to 5 hens or maybe even 6, before it starts to get awfully crowded -- EXCEPT that I am not at all sure that indoors space (roosts etc) may not become a limiting factor at a lower number.

    The problem with A-frame 'house on top' designs is that they really limit the amount of house space available, esp. sine the sides slant.


  5. Xtradust

    Xtradust Songster

    Nov 19, 2007
    Orange, CA
    Eight Seramas would fit great.

    Jersey Giants, not so much.
  6. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    General "rule" is 4sq inside and 10 sq ft outside per standard sized bird.

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