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

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    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

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    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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