How many square feet is enough for my run?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by can you hear me now?, Nov 26, 2008.

  1. I have plans to expand my 14 by 7 foot run to accomodate 40 hens. I am curious abot how much space i realy need. I have intentions to advance this to about 4 to 5 times this size but i still don't know what is an acceptable size for them. I know they souldn't be cramped but it is still a viable concern to me as of right now because i am needing to house 4 different roosters soon and they will have thier own area.
     

  2. psrumors

    psrumors In the Brooder

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    for 40 hens you need at least 400 sqft. 20X20. That would be minimum. 10 sqft per bird.

    For your 14x7 you would need it 4 times the current size.
     
  3. FarmerSadie

    FarmerSadie Hatching

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    Hiya! I'm in the process of building a larger run for my girls (36 at last count, but planning to add ~10 next spring) and it is going to be about 100x25. Its a little indulgent [​IMG] but they are used to being completely free-range so I thought it would only be fair to build it big.
     
  4. i agree and I certainly wouldn't want them to start picking at each other. This way they have more room to relax when they are outside. I want happy chickens. Thank you for the advise i thought that would be good but I wanted to make sure I wasn't being too indulgent.
     

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