How many square feet per chicken in the run?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by missychicky, Jul 3, 2010.

  1. missychicky

    missychicky Songster

    Jun 10, 2009
    Milwuakie. OR
    I want my chickens to be as happy as possible and I know one way to do that is to give them enough room to run around in. How many square feet per chicken do you need in the run for chickens to be happy? What is the minimum square footage?

  2. elmo

    elmo Songster

    May 23, 2009
    10 square feet per chicken is the usual rule of thumb. But you won't be sorry to have more than that. I'd approach the subject from the other direction: what's the biggest run you can reasonably build?
  3. mgw

    mgw Songster

    May 29, 2010
    Eastern Wa.
    I agree with elmo, build as big as you can.[​IMG]
  4. Four chickens, 63 square feet in ours.

    Good thing since we've got two extras at the moment.

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