How Many Hens Can Live in the Coop??

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Randy17, Jan 20, 2009.

  1. Randy17

    Randy17 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello all! It has been awhile since I have been here. I am thing of adding some more hens to the flock and I was wondering how many hens would a 8x8 coop with a 6 foot high ceiling house comfortably?
    I currently have 8 Red Stars and was thinking of adding some Buff Orphingtons or some Leghorns.



    Randy
     
  2. Indiana hens

    Indiana hens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 25, 2008
    Pendleton, Indiana
    Free ranging : 100 in the winter, 50 in the summer
     
  3. jforsness

    jforsness Chillin' With My Peeps

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    With plenty of perch space, you should be able to house 20 Birds comfortably.[​IMG]
     
  4. katrinag

    katrinag Chillin' With My Peeps

    Each bird needs 3-4 Sq Ft.
     
  5. mrsgibber

    mrsgibber Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have the same question but on a different size coop. How many can I comfortably house in a 4' by 4' by 6' tall at peak? There are three nexting boxes and the roosting pole is 4' across. I plan to have four hens but would like to add a fifth if there is enough comfortable space. They will not be free ranging all the time. Usually in a run 25' x 25'.
     
  6. CovenantCreek

    CovenantCreek Chicks Rule!

    Oct 19, 2007
    Franklin, TN
    Quote:With a run, they should have approx 4 square ft per bird -- which would be only 4 in your coop, but a fifth would probably be okay. It's also recommended that they have about 12 inches of roost space per bird -- is it possible to add another roost?
     
  7. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    REally depends on the size of your breeds. I find larger standards, like the huge Blue Orpingtons, really need more than the rule-of thumb space of 4 sf of floor space per bird. In my original 8x8 coop, an even dozen was a great number, easy to clean and okay when they had to be confined to the inside. Mine did freerange, too.
     
  8. mrsgibber

    mrsgibber Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:With a run, they should have approx 4 square ft per bird -- which would be only 4 in your coop, but a fifth would probably be okay. It's also recommended that they have about 12 inches of roost space per bird -- is it possible to add another roost?

    no, the way it is set up there is the roost pole on one side and the nesting boxes on the other. I guess I will have to stick with my original four. [​IMG]
     
  9. mrsgibber

    mrsgibber Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I am getting a buff orrington, barred rock, EE & austrolorp. I was thinking of adding a RIR.
     
  10. morelcabin

    morelcabin Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 8, 2007
    Ontario Canada
    Go ahead and add the RIR, it won't make that much of a difference really. I have 6 barred rock hens and two roosters that make room for each other on a 3 1/2-4 ft roost...It keeps them warmer at night around here:>) I'm planning on at least 20 birds for my 6x10 pen this summer...and probably keeping them all for the winter as well.
     
    Last edited: Jan 20, 2009

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