How many Hens to a coop?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by IroquoisEgg, Jun 3, 2010.

  1. IroquoisEgg

    IroquoisEgg Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 30, 2010
    Fair Oaks, CA
    Newbie here, just wondering if you can tell me how many hens will fit in my coop comfortably? They free range for 3 hours in the a.m. and another 3 hours in the late afternoon/evening. i will show a picture and it is 3 feet wide, by 4 feet high and 8 feet long with 4 nesting boxes and 2 roosting boards 4 feet long.

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  2. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    3 ft by 8 ft is 24 sq ft, and the "general rule" for regular sized chickens (not bantams) is 4 sq feet per bird in the coop, so you can house 6 chickens in that coop. I see by your photo you are counting the attached pen area as part of your coop; I am guessing the actual COOP size is 3 x 4, which is only 12 sq ft. That's 3 chickens. The 'general rule' counts 10 square feet of run space per chicken, so your coop and attached run would probably handle 3 chickens.

    Someone may correct me, though.

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