How many would you put in this coop/run

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Oceanseve, Apr 5, 2009.

  1. Oceanseve

    Oceanseve Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 23, 2008
    Guthrie, OK
    We are planning our next coop and are having an arguement of how many would fit. Mostly heavy breeds, Lorps, orps, brahmas, and some ameraucanas

    Coop - 8'x4' (slanted roof 6' front to 4' in back), 4 (could do 6) nest boxes, 3-4 4' roosts.

    Run - currently 10' x 4 1/2' and we are talking about adding a 3 1/2' x 7' section to it. We are wanting to keep the run "shadowed" by the coop to shield them from view from the street just in case. Its currently about 3' high so if we need more outdoor space I was thinking about making a second level on part of it, what do you think?
  2. jenjscott

    jenjscott Mosquito Beach Poultry

    May 24, 2008
    Southeast Arkansas
    Looks like 8 would be pushing it.
  3. Dr.Doorlock

    Dr.Doorlock Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 21, 2008
    Garland, Texas
    keep 8 in a 4 x 7 with 6 nest boxes. I expect them all to PRODUCE! The run is abpout 25 x 10 though. Take a look at the links below.
  4. 6chix

    6chix Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 24, 2007
    Western Ma
    I wouldn't put any more than 6 hens in there. The coop is adequete for 8 but you really need to have 8-10 sqft of run per bird. What you have for run now is going to be crowded for 6 birds.

    I have 25 birds in 2 coops one is 4x8 and has 8 birds the other coop is 8x12 for 17 birds. I have over 350 sqft of run and its not enough in the winter when the girls can't free range.
  5. TXmom

    TXmom Chillin' With My Peeps

    I can't remember the exact requirements, but I'm thinking about 6...could do 8 I guess.
  6. snixter3

    snixter3 Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 17, 2009
    I read somewhere that you should have 4 square foot of space per bird in the hen house.
  7. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    I agree entirely with what everyone else has said. Just wanted to add, if you get harsh nasty winters you might want to go with fewer yet. (I'd say 'OTOH if you live in a year-round mild gorgeous climate you might be ok with a few more' except your run is barely big enough for 6-8, putting more in there would really not improve your odds of a healthy happy peaceful flock).

    Good luck, have fun,

  8. Oceanseve

    Oceanseve Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 23, 2008
    Guthrie, OK
    Our weather is pretty moderate, any extreme cold weather is only for a day or two. Our heat waves are far worse.

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