How many square feet per chicken should coop be?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by propagata, Nov 16, 2012.

  1. propagata

    propagata In the Brooder

    Nov 15, 2012
    Raleigh, North Carolina
    Hi all. I'm new to raising chickens and am wondering if the coop my husband built is too small. We just got three chicks and are planning on introducing them to the coop at about 6 weeks of about a month. The coop is only 2'x3' though, plus a 2 square foot nesting box divided into two equal spaces. I'm worried it's not big enough for 3 large chickens. Hubby is awfully stubborn and I'll need a "second opinion" to get him to budge:) Any expert opinions would be welcome. Thanks in advance.

  2. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Crowing

    Mar 31, 2008
    Grifton NC
    It's usually 4-5 sq ft in the coop, and 10 sq ft for a run
  3. ChickensRDinos

    ChickensRDinos Songster

    Aug 19, 2012
    Los Angeles
    x2 This is a pretty good gage. You also want to make sure each hen has about 10 inches of roost space and you need 1 nest box for every 3-4 birds.

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