I know 4 sq. foot per bird, but...

ncCHICKS

Songster
11 Years
Oct 5, 2008
376
2
139
Hope Mills, NC
I stink at math stuff. When I figure it up I get 2...

I am building a 8ft X4ft X4ft coop.

I want all standard hens, no roos

How many chickens will fit nicely? I'd like to keep a small 10x6 run attached full time, but about 4 hours a day, they will have supervised free range. Prefered not more than 5 chickens.
 

ncCHICKS

Songster
11 Years
Oct 5, 2008
376
2
139
Hope Mills, NC
Sorry, must have clicked too much, I thought it was from where I edited it, but oops. Is there a way I can delete the second one?? Once again sorry,


Oh and thanks a lot.
 

Anny

Songster
11 Years
Apr 24, 2008
1,466
10
181
Detroit Michigan
Personally I would not go as low as 2 square feet per bird. Look at how big 2 square feet is. Would you like that to be your living space?

I would say 4 square feet is a MIN. and youcan always go bigger.
 

joebryant

Crowing
11 Years
Apr 28, 2008
5,542
42
271
SW of Greenwood, INDIANA
My two coops are each 4x8, and I would not have more than six hens and a rooster in each coop. I now have four Orpingtons, three hens and a rooster, but I would like to have two more hens for the Orpington coop. My other coop is for two silkies.
 

kinnip

Songster
11 Years
Feb 24, 2008
2,114
14
201
Carrollton, GA
If they're going outside everyday, I would go with 3 sq. ft./bird. I do consider the height when I calculate for my birds. More surfaces = more space. They're only in there to roost and lay eggs. I make sure there's ample room to do both of these things. If you're getting snow drifts, you might want more space, so they can stay inside for a week.
 

patandchickens

Flock Mistress
12 Years
Apr 20, 2007
12,520
255
341
Ontario, Canada
Frankly I don't even like 4 sq ft per chicken, in this climate anyhow. There are enough rainy ucky days, and a long enough cold enough winter, that there are lotsa times they just do not WANT to be out. Same might be true in some hot climates if you cannot provide a LARGE area of shady coolth.

Mine have like 8-12 sq ft per chicken INDOORS (plus run), sometimes more, and I would not feel comfortable giving them any less here.

Pat
 

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