How much "inside" space do the hens need?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by j'schicks, Sep 30, 2010.

  1. j'schicks

    j'schicks Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 18, 2010
    Ok, so I am incubating eggs and planning on keeping 4-6 hens. I'm putting up a fence in the yard dedicating about 250 square feet for the hens to free-range on. As far as a home goes, how much inside space do the hens need for nesting/hanging out/safety? Also, should whatever space that they're in be raised off of the ground or does that matter? Thanks!
  2. OregonChickenGal

    OregonChickenGal Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 26, 2010
    Central Oregon
    Coop space, 4 sq. ft. per chicken, run space, 10 sq. ft. per chicken. Having an elevated coop is good, but as long as you make it predator proof, it's up to you.

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