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How many is too many?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Tyhebs311, May 17, 2016.

  1. Tyhebs311

    Tyhebs311 New Egg

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    I have currently a 4x4 coop. 3 nesting boxes on the outside so I utilize full floor space. My chickys are about 2 weeks old so they are still inside. I currently have 6 3 RR and 3 plymoth rock. is 6 too many for a 4x4??? I have a 10x10 run and will be free ranging when pos. (when my shepherd doesn't want to rip the "squeek toy" apart)
    Thank you!!
     
  2. azygous

    azygous Overrun With Chickens

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    As long as you have a spacious run, you can get away with a smaller coop. However, you cannot cheat on roosting space. This is where conflicts occur in a coop that's too small. They say you need a foot of perch space per chicken, but I've found they need more to accommodate flapping wings as they fly up to the perch. If the perch is too short, they will knock each other off as they try to get up. Nothing angers a chicken more than being knocked off the perch when she's trying to settle down for a good night's sleep.
     
  3. Gray Farms

    Gray Farms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Agreed, 1 1/2-2 feet of roost per bird is about right. So if you have two roosts across the coop "8 feet" that should do for 6 adults.
     
  4. Tyhebs311

    Tyhebs311 New Egg

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    Awesome,
    yea i have a total of 12 ft. roosting space. 3 of the 4 sides
    Thank you!!!!
     
  5. vr1967

    vr1967 Out Of The Brooder

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    Mine must be the exception to the norm, I have 19 chickens, 20' or roost poles, and they sleep on 5-6 feet of pole, on top of each other, and always have.
     

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