how much coop space & run space do I need for 15 chickens

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Grandma Quinn, Mar 19, 2017.

  1. Grandma Quinn

    Grandma Quinn Just Hatched

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    I have two 9x9 coops that are 8 foot high. I many will each coop hold? How much run space do they need?
     
  2. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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  3. peopleRanimals2

    peopleRanimals2 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi, and [​IMG]
    There aren't really numbers set in stone, but a good rule of thumb is about 10 sq ft per bird for run space, 4 sq ft per bird of coop space, and 1 ft of roost space per bird. You really should give them as much space as possible, though. Good luck!
     
  4. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Hi[​IMG] Welcome To BYC

    A general guideline to follow is 4sq ft. of coop space for each bird and 10sq ft. run space for each bird.

    So if your coop is 9' x 9' that is 81 sq ft. so one coop should house approx. 20 birds. This is all dependent on how the housing is set up with roosts and nesting boxes, etc.

    More space is always best.

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  5. EggSighted4Life

    EggSighted4Life Overrun With Chickens

    Hi, welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    I agree with the answers you've already been given. A lot of it will depend on your flock, your climate, and your management practices. What works for 1 person at one location may not work for another in theirs. The flock is a very dynamic thing. And sometimes what we thought would work doesn't. Just be ready to adjust if you need to.

    How many of your birds are you expecting to be cockerels?
     

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