How many square feet per bird in an indoor coop?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Mickey Lou 04, Sep 27, 2013.

  1. Mickey Lou 04

    Mickey Lou 04 Chirping

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    I am wanting to raise some more show birds and so I am wanting to have them indoors so how many sq feet per bird? I assume it would be the same ratio as an outdoor run. But then again I can't remember how big that is either. [​IMG] Hehe I am trying to have it all planned out before I remodel.

    Thanks in advance!
     

  2. Bullitt

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    The general rule of thumb for standard chickens is 4 square feet per chicken with the coop and 10 square feet per chicken with the run. If you are raising bantams, you can reduce that a little.

    If you are going to keep them inside all the time, I suppose you should combine the space requirements and say 14 square feet per chicken.
     
  3. Mickey Lou 04

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    I mean that there would be no outdoor run, they would be indoors. I am thinking probably 5 sq feet per bird.
     
  4. Bullitt

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    Yes, I understood you.

    If you are not going to provide an outdoor run, you must provide that space indoors.

    If a chicken should normally have 4 square feet in a coop and 10 square feet in a run, why would it be okay to only provide 5 square feet indoors?
     
  5. Mickey Lou 04

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    I am thinking that having 5 foot per bird till 8-12 weeks when I can tell a little better who are keepers and who isn't. (at least with the obvious defaults) Then choose the best of the best in concordance to coop size.


    Sorry I should have elaborated. [​IMG] I am just soooooo tired
     
  6. Bullitt

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    Oh, you are talking about basically having a big brooder.

    It sounds okay to me if you start thinning them out around 8 weeks old.
     
  7. Mickey Lou 04

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    Sorry like I said I am SUPER tired,
     

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