If I have 10 chickens how big does the coop have to be?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by buttons, Jan 25, 2009.

  1. buttons

    buttons Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 21, 2009
    I plan to have 8 silkies and right now I have to meat birds(I do not plan to eat them they have been named) how many feet should the coop be? right now I 'm thinking 5'wide 7'long for the run then 5ftwide and 3 feet long for the coopis that big enogh?
  2. william9792

    william9792 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 23, 2008
    graham, nc
    need 4sq feet per bird
  3. Chicken Woman

    Chicken Woman Incredible Egg

    Oct 16, 2008
    3 sq foot for silkies 4 sq foot for standards
  4. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    You will have a run, also, yes?, so we're just talking about *indoor* space here?

    Normally I would say 40 sq ft would do ya, but you may want to go a bit bigger than that. Two reasons: mature broilers are BIIIIIIIG (be aware they do not live normal lifespans, and if they are pets I hope you are restricting their feed and providing ample exercise), and also most people end up getting more chickens later on.

    It also depends on your climate. If it's nice year-round and the birds will have access to a good-quality run with some shelter in it and good (not horribly swampy) footing, you can stick with a smaller size coop (if you really insist) than if you are somewhere with long stretches of weather in which the chickens may not be wanting to spend lotsa time outside.

    Have fun,

  5. buttons

    buttons Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 21, 2009
    Thanks! I think I'll stick to 4 square feet per chicken. I'll let my chickens be free ranged when I can wach them cause I don't want a hawk or racoons to eat them.
    I live in a nice sunny part of california .I have nice solid ground to build on.
    Last edited: Jan 26, 2009

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