# I have a Coop and Run size question, please!

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by mojomamma, Dec 28, 2011.

1. ### mojomammaOut Of The Brooder

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My coop is 8x24 and the run is 30x10, I have 1 roo and 4 hens. My question is how many chickens max do you think I can have. The coop is left open for them to come and go as they please. I would love to have some more, and am trying to plan for the spring!!! Thanks!

2. ### The Lazy LChillin' With My Peeps

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If I understand this new chicken math correctly.

Coop

8' x 24' = 192 foot squared / 2 = 96 chickens elbow to elbow... ah wing to wing.

8' x 24' = 192 foot squared / 3 = 64 chickens with breathing room and "Stuck in coop" for extend stay for bad weather.

Run

30' x 10' = 300 foot squared / 5 = 60 chickens.

So I figured about 60 maximum comfortably.

3. ### mojomammaOut Of The Brooder

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Oh, woops, I meant 8x3 for the coop, not 24!!! Could you give me another estimate? I did give you the right run dimensions, lol....Thank you!!!

4. ### mtnhens4Chillin' With My Peeps

Mar 12, 2011
Western NC
8x3=24 sq ft, 24/4sq ft= 6 full size chickens, but since you're in AL and your weather doesn't stay bad all winter you could stretch that a little because your chickens can probably be in their run during the day for most of the winter.

5. ### ninabeastChillin' With My Peeps

Apr 10, 2011
Upstate New York
"They" say that each chicken should have 4 sq ft in the coop, and 10 in the run.

6. ### teach1ruslLove My Chickens

Many who live in year-round mild areas use 2 sq. ft. per bird in the coop shelter. For waste management reasons alone, even if I lived in a mild area, I couldn't do that (JMO). If they had access to the run every day, from early morning through late evening, I could see 8 birds. Some would stick 12 in there. Six would be great. Your run has PLENTY of space for far more than that. It's really dependent on what you're wanting for your birds and for youself.

7. ### 7L FarmChillin' With My Peeps

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More space equals happier chickens. I keep 16 pullets in a 330 sq ft. three sided coop. Their happy & seem content. Its your call.

8. ### mojomammaOut Of The Brooder

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Thank you all for your replies!!! I think I will get 3 more which will equal 8 for now.