How many square feet of wired run do I need?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Blue Ridge Hillbilly, Aug 29, 2011.

  1. Blue Ridge Hillbilly

    Blue Ridge Hillbilly In the Brooder

    Feb 4, 2009
    Western NC
    I have 24 barred rock pullets that are ready to lay and three roosters. my coop is 10 X 12 and I am currently enlarging my wired run. What would you experienced folks recommend for a wired run for that many birds? Please don't say "as much as you can afford". I want to give them adequate run space for them to be comfortable, happy and healthy. I let them free range some but not daily since I am not here with them all the time. I live in the deep woods and we are loaded with foxes, hawks and coyotes. If I turned them out every day I would have to stay with them constantly or start losing them. I have put too much into them to lose them. thanks for any helpful suggestins that you can give me.
  2. Alethea

    Alethea Songster

    May 23, 2011
    At least seven square feet per chicken.
  3. KDK1

    KDK1 Songster

    Jun 29, 2011
    Tennessee Plateau
    Are you close to Maggie?
  4. nwfl

    nwfl Songster

    Jan 4, 2011
    Northwest Florida
    My layer run is 20x30, house 8 1/2x16. But, I have other coops running along two sides of that run with roofed runs. When one of those is empty it gives them additional total space 8x16. We let layers out after work at 5 or after 2 when we are home. I have thirty layers currently with an extra run of space. Roos have own spacious coops with roofed runs and do not range. But, yes, we would like layer run bigger.

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