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how many hens for 3.5x 6 coop?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by gitlost80, Jan 27, 2010.

  1. gitlost80

    gitlost80 Trigger Pullet

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    The coop we have built has an inside size of 3.5'x 6' and 5' tall. It is built inside a 15'x15' chain link dog run lined with chicken fencing. My question is, How many chickens is a good number for this space? They will also be let out occasionally to roam the 1/2 acre back yard. Thanks in advance...
     
  2. kathyinmo

    kathyinmo Nothing In Moderation

    Figure 4 sq feet per bird for a coop. 6x3.5= 21 sq ft.
    So, you have room for 5 chickens.
     
  3. gsim

    gsim Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Like Kathyinmo said. And the 4 sq ft/chook is a minimum. In cold climates or very wet climates, is better if more space due to them being inside so much of the time. I did 5 sq ft/chook for mine. I did 80 sq ft / chook for their run.
     
  4. jamespm_98

    jamespm_98 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a 3X6 chicken tractor and have kept up to four birds with no issues.
     

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