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I am not so good at math and need some assistance.

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by lottastuff9, Jun 12, 2010.

  1. lottastuff9

    lottastuff9 In the Brooder

    Jan 3, 2010
    I am figuring to have about 16 laying hens and am trying to design my coop with that number. I will have standard size ladies(BA, EE, FBCM, and Red Star), from what I have read I need approx 2 square feet of space per hen. I have been working on this all day and I do believe my brain is tired...can you give some examples of inside "footprints" that would achieve this? like a square of such and such or rectangle of such and such. any help would be greatly appreciated.
  2. elmo

    elmo Songster

    May 23, 2009
    Two square feet of coop space is likely to be tight accomodations. Can you manage 4 square feet per bird? That would be better. 16 times 4 equals 64, so an 8 foot by 8 foot coop would be fine. For your outdoor run, the usual rule of thumb is to figure 10 square feet per bird. 16 times 10 equals 160, so an 8 foot by 20 foot run would give you that square footage.
  3. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

    Jan 4, 2009
    Tempe, Arizona
    Not enough space; largefowl need 4 sq ft per bird coop space is an additional run or freeranging is available; 10 sq ft per bird if confined. For 16 large fowl hens you need 64 sq ft (plus an additional run or free ranging). That is an 8'x8' coop, or if you prefer, a 4' X 16' coop.
  4. lottastuff9

    lottastuff9 In the Brooder

    Jan 3, 2010
    [​IMG] Thank you, Thank you ---I can build the coop as large as need be, I am working with approx 1 acre of lawn space( I will also have a chicken tractor for mowing the grass [​IMG] ) I am undecided on free ranging--too far a distance with no fencing, I would hate to lose the ladies...I will have to give it test runs perhaps. So the run can be as large as I wish to build it. I have most my ideas planned out as far as materials to use, but obviously not how much of it since I couldn't figure the specs out. I even scrounged an old shower door for a sky light(passive heat source in winter) and ventilation( hardware cloth underneath with a locking mechanism to "prop" the door open in summer). Thanks again for the help, it is much appreciated.

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