I have 33 Chickens 7.75 sq ft enough room per bird !

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by gottalovemychickens, Sep 5, 2009.

  1. gottalovemychickens

    gottalovemychickens SaveAChickenRideACowboy

    Just as the title says is 7.75 sq ft enough room for 33 chickens in their coop ?

    There is also 500sq ft to free range , and the way the coop is built i have 500sq ft sections to free range on , on the north , south , east and west side
    Last edited: Sep 5, 2009
  2. Anny

    Anny Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 24, 2008
    Detroit Michigan
    Do you mean per chicken, or total?
  3. Opa

    Opa Opa-wan Chickenobi

    May 11, 2008
    Howell Michigan
    If you consider the body size of a black australorp would occupy just under 2sq ft, you will only get 3 1/2 birds in that space.
  4. lurky

    lurky Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 4, 2007
    Western MA
    I thought it was 4 sq ft per bird making that not enough room for 2 standard hens. Maybe the . is in the wrong place [​IMG]
  5. damselfish

    damselfish Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 8, 2008
    Southwest Missouri
    Ok, 7.75 square feet per chicken would be a really big coop, if you mean 7.75 square feet per bird.

    Or do you mean 7.75 feet square, i.e. about 8 feet on a side? That would be a little less than 2 square feet per chicken and would be too small.

    How much time they'll be spending outside makes a big difference too.

    Hope this helps, come back and calculate for us.
  6. chickerdoodle

    chickerdoodle Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 21, 2009
    Each standard, laying hen needs 4 sq. feet of inside space and 10 sq. feet of run space. Bantams two feet less per bird. [​IMG]

    If you only have inside space (no run) then the coop needs to allow each chicken 10 sq. feet or you may experience problems such as feather picking or cannibalism. [​IMG]

    If this space is for meat chickens you can use half that space but at least 4 sq. feet per bird. I personally believe since they are giving their little life for our dinner table they should get a bit more space and be allowed some outdoor space too. [​IMG]
  7. ChickyLaura

    ChickyLaura The Crazy Chicken Lady

    Mar 31, 2009
    Eastern/Central PA
    No, it will not work. If they are too crammed in, they will definitely be stressed and start feather pecking, etc.
  8. gottalovemychickens

    gottalovemychickens SaveAChickenRideACowboy

    oh wow i didnt re read what i said LOL .

    Yes total right now i have 7.75sq ft per chicken. LOL i know i cant fit 33 chickens in 7.75 sq ft LOL

    But Yes i have 7.75 SQ FT PER BIRD ! Thats with 33 chickens
  9. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    If that's total space (coop plus run), it is really too crowded to be a good bet.

    If that is just indoors, and they have like 2-3x as much run space, or will free range (sorry, I should remember your other posts but after a while things all sort of swish together in my head [​IMG]) then 7-8 sq ft per hen indoors is pretty decent quarters [​IMG]

    Good luck, have fun,

  10. chickenwhisperer123

    chickenwhisperer123 Whispers Loudly

    Mar 7, 2009
    Lincoln, Nebraska
    They should have about 4 sq. feet inside, and 10 sq. feet outside. (thats what I have read.)

    But if they are outside alot you can get away with slightly smaller quarters inside.

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