How much room do 5 hens need?

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Mylissa Conner, May 28, 2017.

  1. Mylissa Conner

    Mylissa Conner Just Hatched

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    I am new to chickens and I am wondering if my coop and run is going to be big enough. My coop is 4' x 5' and the run is 5' x 12'. Thank you in advance for your help.
     
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  2. ViolinPlayer123

    ViolinPlayer123 Flock Master

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    :welcome!!! Lots of great peeps here! Make sure you check out the learning center!

    As for your question, it really depends on the living conditions. Will they be free ranging in the day? What breeds will you be having? Cochins and Jersey Giants are going to need a lot more room than Silkies and d'Uccles. The absolute minimum for medium sized birds (sex-links, australorp, faverolle, etc) is about 3 sq ft. in the coop and 10 in the run. What about winter? chickens tend to spend more time in the coop than in the summer.

    Hope this helps!

    VP123
     
  3. KikisGirls

    KikisGirls Reading. Must read more. Premium Member Project Manager

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  4. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

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    Hello there and welcome to BYC! :frow

    Generally birds need about 5 square feet per bird in the coop and 10 square feet per bird in the run. The more room the better. I give my birds even more room than this. The lowest in the order NEVER has enough room. LOL

    Good luck and welcome to our roost!! :)
     
  5. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Also when counting footage, the 5 sq.feet per bird is excluding nest boxes & roosts.
     
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