How many hens??

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Kadaily, Dec 1, 2017.

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  1. Kadaily

    Kadaily In the Brooder

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    Hi. I’m new to chicken keeping and I’m wondering how many chickens I can keep in my coop? It measures 12x4x8 with the indoor area being about 4x4.
    It is actually built using the plans for Heather Bullards coop.
    I also have a large fenced area outside of it for them to wonder into.
    Just want to be sure i don’t overcrowd theM while inside at night.
    I plan to get a mix of regular size and silkie chickens.
    Thanks in advance.
     

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  2. RonP

    RonP Crowing

    I would keep 3, 4 at most.
     
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  3. song of joy

    song of joy Crowing 6 Years

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    That will house 4 regular-size hens.
     
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  5. Kadaily

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  6. Kadaily

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    Thanks for responding. So the 2 square ft per bird rule is not a good rule to follow??
     
  7. RonP

    RonP Crowing

    It measures 12x4x8 with the indoor area being about 4x4

    4x4=16 square feet
    16/4 = 4 birds...

    Several issues could occur due to overcrowding.

    Most seem to agree that 4 square feet per bird is a good rule of thumb, I personally prefer that as a minimum.
     
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  8. Kadaily

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    Ok. I keep seeing 2 SF Per bird for the inside during my research. Maybe that’s an older recommendation. I was going to at least give 3SF per bird but now i will reconsider. Thanks so much.
     
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    PirateGirl Chicken Lover, Duck Therapist Premium Member

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    Most things I read while constructing my coop said 4 square feet of inside space per bird for larger/standard size breeds. Also about a foot of roost length per bird. The internet is full of conflicting information, ugh.
     
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