How many Large Fowl birds can I fit in my coop? ***Comfortably***

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Peachesbabychick, Apr 6, 2012.

  1. Peachesbabychick

    Peachesbabychick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Hey all,

    I just wanted to ask all the chicken experts out there before I go buy more chickens.... how many (large fowl) girls can my coop and run comfortably hold? My coop is 8ft by 8ft, and my run is 18ft by 18ft..... I want everyone to be happy and healthy, no picking or overcrowding. My girls do free range most days also. ;)

    Thanks in advance!

    Last edited: Apr 6, 2012
  2. Jkioneil

    Jkioneil Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 29, 2010
    the rule is 4 sq ft per bird inside the coop and 10 sq ft in the run. hope this helps.
  3. Mrs. K

    Mrs. K Chicken Obsessed

    Nov 12, 2009
    western South Dakota
    I do not have a large coop, but mine are only in the coop for laying and sleeping. I could not lock my hens in the coop other than over night.

    I have an 10 x 15 run, but my coop sits in the corner of it. I do have mulitple perches, and a shelter in the run. I have tried different number of chickens and have found that between 8-10 works best. When I add chicks, cause they are little, I can get another 8-12 in there, but come winter, where they might not free range as much or for as long in the day, I need to be back down to the 8-10 head flock.

    Currently I have a Roo and 9 hens. They do fine. I generally free range most days, but if I need to lock them up for several days, they also do fine.

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  4. Peachesbabychick

    Peachesbabychick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Hi and thanks!

    I am probably going to have about 15-16 hens, no roo's. What do you think? I have multiple "play items" in my run as well as perches and their "greens pit" it is a large hole (5 hens can fit in it) and I fill it with leaves, hay, and grass. Ha ha they have such a ball with it. ;)

    Any other opinions?

    thanks guys! (and gals) ;)

  5. weimlikeschicks

    weimlikeschicks Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 21, 2012
    The green pit sounds like a great idea.

    My coop and run setup are slightly smaller than yours, and you have a few more birds than I. Hopefully we both hit the mark :)
  6. Life is Good!

    Life is Good! Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 14, 2011
    suburbia Chicagoland
    Baed on chicken math - you can comfortably fit 16 chickens inside your coop (8x8 = 64sq feet - 64/4 per bird is 16).

    I have Black Java's, which are fairly big for chickens - and this amount (4sq'/bird) was pretty good this winter when it was too nasty to be outdoors. I wouldn't go any tighter than that if you're in an environment that has cold/rainy/wet seasons. They need the space on those days!

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