How much land do you own/how many chickens?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by littlestars17, Apr 29, 2010.

  1. littlestars17

    littlestars17 Songster

    Apr 9, 2010
    Hello All : ) I started out with just 3 chicks-Beautiful little golden comets and soon fell head over I added 2 amberlinks...then 2 FBCMarans...and Finally, the much coveted(by me) 3 EE last night- Hubby is concerned we have too many [email protected]@ We have almost a full acre of land,and their coop and run will be in the part of the yard that has the pool and pond enclosed(I run a licensed daycare and it was a state regulation), there is only two neighbors that live on the street directly behind us and there houses are a good 40-50 feet from our coop with a privacy fence in between. Hes worried people may complain about the noise(I figure our bassett hounds incessant barking is much worse lol)or smell(I dont intend to let it get too stinky lol, I love these little girls). What has your experience been?? How much land to chicke ratio do you have? We have almost an acre and I figure thats plenty!!They will only free range when I am outside with them
  2. happyhensny

    happyhensny Brown Barns Farm

    Sep 23, 2008
    near Albany, New York
    Well, we are in a neighborhood of 1 acre lots-thankfully my Grandmother-in-law thought it through and bought 7 acres back in the 1940's and we still have it. We do have 3 houses on that lot but we also have over 100 chickens. Friends have 1/4 acre and have 20 chickens. Whatever you have, keep it clean and have happy birds, most of all HAVE FUN!
  3. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    5.37 acres of mountain land. Currently, we have 34 adults and 7 youngsters. Used to have 55, but downsized.
  4. PhilErvin

    PhilErvin Songster

    Sep 11, 2009
    Yucaipa, CA
    My Coop
    I have 1/2 acre in S. California. I have neighbors on all sides of me, some 1/2 acres and some 1/4 acre lots. I have six hens and one roo. The city says I can have one chicken per 2000 sq. feet up to and no more than 9 total. The city says I can NOT have a roo. I say screw the city! If someone complains about my roo I will deal with that at the time. So far all my immediate neighbors say they are OK with my roo. [​IMG]
  5. KingSpeck

    KingSpeck In the Brooder

    Nov 10, 2009
    We have about a half acre with only about a quarter acre fenced. We have four hens in that space but we are trying to hatch out a few more and end up with six or seven. Just keep it clean and give your neighbors eggs once in a while and everything should be great.
  6. calicokat

    calicokat Songster

    Apr 2, 2009
    azalia, indiana
    We have 2 acres and right now have 7 large fowl and 6 bantums. But I have some polish eggs coming in the mail, a mix of large fowl and banty, so our numbers are going up in a few weeks hopefully [​IMG]
  7. Southpaw970

    Southpaw970 Songster

    Mar 13, 2010
    NW GA
    We have 2 acres and currently have 18 chickens. I'm pretty sure the adult coop is too close to the property line, but there aren't any houses on that side of us. It is several acres of woods that the local kids have made 4-wheeler trails on. (Which I think is way more annoying than my chickens.) I guess if we ever do get neighbors on that side, we'll deal with that then.
  8. You need more chickens... LOL
    We have just under an acre and over 300 chickens, mostly heavy breeds. 11 breeding pens, 3 broody pens, hen house, roosting house and a very large common area.
    And most people don't even know we have chickens...
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  9. WingingIt

    WingingIt Songster

    Apr 16, 2009
    1.5 acres
    21 chickens
  10. 1.2 acres, 12 chickens at the moment, soon to be 25 (technically over the limit, but I am guessing at the number anyway. Who knows what the hatchery will send me as a surprise this time!)
    County law says 20 chickens per acre- or ducks, or geese, or turkeys. Just 20 poultry. Really no one enforces, I think the law is just around to keep people from building big chicken barns in the semi-rural areas.

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