is 16 hens too much for an 8x8 coop?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by ticks, Mar 26, 2009.

  1. ticks

    ticks Pheasant Obsessed

    Apr 1, 2008
    The Sticks, Vermont
    I have an 8x8 coop that now houses 4 chickens, I have ordered 12 more. They use the coop primarily to Lay and sleep, food and water is outside, I have a few ducks that make it messy. I am going to expand the run which is not 8x12 into a 16x20.
    What are your thoughts?
     
  2. Chickenmaven

    Chickenmaven Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 6, 2009
    Michigan
    Ticks -

    Sounds fine. If you add your run space to your coop space & divide by 16, you have 24sq.ft. per bird. I have 27 birds in a 14x12 coop with a 10x30 run. That's 17 sq.ft. per bird. My birds are SPREAD OUT(!) We give them garden veggies in the summer & scratch in the deep litter in the winter. They stay busy, busy.
     
  3. clayhill

    clayhill Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think the coop is adequate, though I think you've reached your limit. Run could be larger though unless you free-range during the day.
    Good luck.
     
  4. Opa

    Opa Opa-wan Chickenobi

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    I keep 20 birds in 40 square feet indoors and 1600 square feet outdoors and my birds are healthy and are laying well.
     
  5. TheNewMrsEvans

    TheNewMrsEvans Chillin' With My Peeps

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    do you have really bad winters? or do they go outside everyday? that's the only reason when I'd think you'd need a bigger inside...if it's inclement for long periods...
     
  6. ticks

    ticks Pheasant Obsessed

    Apr 1, 2008
    The Sticks, Vermont
    Quote:They go out in -30 degree weather.
    Their choice.
     
  7. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

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    I also think it's enough room if you have a run so they can get outdoors when they want to. If it's really a bad blizzard day here in winter I lock 30 plus up sometimes and they do not seem to mind in a 12 by 14 henhouse.
     
  8. ticks

    ticks Pheasant Obsessed

    Apr 1, 2008
    The Sticks, Vermont
    THanks [​IMG]

    Do you think in the future it could hold more than 16? or is that pretty much max?
     

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