how many hens in a 8 x 8 foot coop?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by caliclucker, May 2, 2011.

  1. caliclucker

    caliclucker Out Of The Brooder

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    I have 6 RIRs now but want to enlarge my flock. I have a 8 x 8 foot coop with a very large yard (approx. 24' x 32'). I know I have enough room in the yard to add more hens but was wondering how many hens will roost and lay comfortably in my coop.
     
  2. Egghead_Jr

    Egghead_Jr Overrun With Chickens

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    If you are letting them out every morning then you could quite comfortably have 16 birds to a 8X8 coop. With that many you'll want 2 roost same height. If you coop them up a lot or plan to keep them cooped this winter then 6-7.

    Rule of thumb for happy chooks:
    4 sqft/ bird coop if they have 10 sqft/ bird of run.
     
  3. elmo

    elmo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think of the 4/10 rule of thumb more as a minimum guideline. You'll never be sorry to have more space than that. The higher the stocking density inside a given area, the more work there'll be for the chicken keeper.
     
  4. Doopy

    Doopy Chillin' With My Peeps

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  5. latebloomer

    latebloomer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    depends on the climate
     
  6. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

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    Depends on the climate; also depends on your goals (ranging from "keeping them alive for a couple years" to "avoiding really-high risks of cannibalism" to "happy relaxed chickens")

    A good all purpose answer would, quite seriously no foolin', be: "as few as you can manage to content yourself with".

    Good luck, have fun,

    Pat, having done 4 sq ft per hen indoors (plus ample run) and up to 15+ sq ft per hen indoors (plus ample run), and having SEEN how differently they behave with the larger amount of space, would never do less than 10 and I generally do 15 sq ft plus run. And no, that isn't because of my climate, I'm comparing their behavior in the *summer*.
     

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