Is a 24x24 big enough

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by chick momma 4, Apr 17, 2016.

  1. chick momma 4

    chick momma 4 New Egg

    Apr 5, 2016
    We made a pen that's 24 feet on all four sides and its sux foot tall with chicken wire over the top. We have 12 babies and a rooster and also to Peking duck baby's. We will be picking up between 6 and 12 9 month layers is this area big enough for them. We also have a 4 foot x 8 foot coop and also a 10foot x4foot coop. Will this be big enough for the amount we have and be getting?
  2. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
  3. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    I'm not great at math so you can do the figuring. But, rule of thumb is to allow 4-5 sq. feet per bird inside the coop (excluding roost and nest boxes, and 10 sq. feet per bird in the outdoor run. A wire top is good for keeping raptors out and also some climbers.
  4. MeepBeep

    MeepBeep Chillin' With My Peeps

    A 24' x 24' run is 576 sqft, that is suitable for about 58 standard sized chickens...

    Your 4' x 8' coop is 32 sqft and suitable for 8 standard chickens
    Your 4' x 10' coop is 40 sqft and is suitable for 10 standard chickens

    You can fudge the number of chickens a little bit but you run the risk of behavioral, health and stress problems...

    My math puts you at 15 birds already, you could probably add 6 more but I would not add 12 more without increasing coop size, even adding 6 more could be troublesome depending on coop configuration and roosting bar linear feet...
    Last edited: Apr 17, 2016
  5. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi and welcome to BYC - you have some great advice already so I'll just say hello!

    All the best

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