how much room for laying hens?? Please advise. Do I need a bigger pen

Country Living Farm

Songster
10 Years
Apr 18, 2009
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Florida
Ok, I have 13 hens now with one rooster. I am getting 14 Jersey Giants on Monday. If the main section of the pen is 10x20 and the back half is 10x10 is that enough? Total area is about 300 sq. Should I go by 5 sq per chicken or 10? Do you think I willhave enough room???? Please advise
 

patandchickens

Flock Mistress
12 Years
Apr 20, 2007
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Ontario, Canada
That is quite a lot of chicken in not too much space, if it's their total living space. I sure wouldn't do it. COuld you get away with it? Maybe. Do you really want to find out? The hard way?

Something like double or triple that would be a good *minimum* living space, IMO.

Goodl luck, have fun,

Pat
 

RasMama

In the Brooder
10 Years
May 14, 2009
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1
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Spokane, WA
the formula I've heard on here repeated by many is 4 square feet of coop space per bird, 10 square feet of run space.
 

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