How much run space do my girls need?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Kelly G, Aug 10, 2008.

  1. Kelly G

    Kelly G It's like herding cats!

    My Lowe's Playhouse/Chicken coop has room for about 5 chickens...So I bought 6 Barred Rock chicks - hoping to have at least 5 survive to adulthood. Anyway, we put in the run today and it allows for just 50 square feet of run space (at the cost of nearly $300!). How much room will my grown chickens realistically need?

    Thanks for your time!
     
  2. ChickenToes

    ChickenToes Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 14, 2008
    NE Wisconsin
    Each bird should have a minimum of 10 square feet in the run.
     
  3. Alaskan

    Alaskan The Frosted Flake

    But what I have always wanted is two runs, and rotate them from one to the other.

    That way the one run has some time to recover and grow grass and weeds for the girls to play with when they get put back in.
     
  4. cjeanean

    cjeanean Can't Decide

    Mar 5, 2008
    Missouri
    anywhere from 6-10 sq feet should be fine, based on how large your chickens are. I have quite a few, and right now they each have about 7 sq ft and they're doing great! I wouldn't go under that number, though, cause then it starts getting really cramped. Good luck!
     

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