how much coop space do free ranged chickens need?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by buckhuntr2427, Nov 17, 2013.

  1. buckhuntr2427

    buckhuntr2427 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have two arc coops I built one is 4'x8'x4' with run on bottom coop on top with 2 nest boxes and 7 foot long roost and the other is same size with coop on one side run on the other with 2 nest boxes and 7 feet of roost. Now my question is I'm gonna free range all the time except for at night to roost how many chickens can I have with these coops?
     
  2. granny hatchet

    granny hatchet Tastes like chicken Premium Member

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    hi, i have heard a min. of 3 square ft. for large chickens and 3 for bantam size. even though you free range there will be bad weather days where they will be forced to stay in and it takes a lot more cleaning if they are too crowded.
     
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    granny hatchet Tastes like chicken Premium Member

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    two for bantam i messed up!
     
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    granny hatchet Tastes like chicken Premium Member

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    and if my math is right,(dont count on it) that is16 bantam or 10-11 full size
     
  5. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Need to think about having to confine birds in coop for long periods due to weather, but also predator problems.
    Minimum 4 sqft coop and 10 sqft run for each bird is a pretty good rule of thumb most often recommended here at BYC.
     
  6. buckhuntr2427

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    I hunt all my predators and I live in VA so we don't have that severe of weather but thanks for reply guys helps alot
     

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