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

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Country Living Farm, Jun 12, 2009.

  1. Country Living Farm

    Country Living Farm Songster

    Apr 18, 2009
    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
     
  2. James Hudson

    James Hudson In the Brooder

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    Maybe you will need a bigger coop. Can you post any pictures?
     
  3. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

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    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
     
  4. RasMama

    RasMama In the Brooder

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    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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