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Is it 4sq. feet or 2sq. feet per chicken in coop?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Shellyb, May 6, 2009.

  1. Shellyb

    Shellyb Songster

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    I thought when I started reading about chickens I saw that it was 2sq. feet per chicken when they have access to outside and 4sq. feet when they don't. Now everyone on here has been saying 4 sq. feet regardless of outside space it seems. Anyone know for sure? TIA
     

  2. Southernbelle

    Southernbelle Gone Broody

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    4 sq feet/bird inside and 10 sq ft/bird outside. Overcrowding causes all sorts of problems [​IMG]
     
  3. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    I agree with Belle. The more space you can give them the better.
     
  4. Kim_NC

    Kim_NC Songster

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    Ditto.

    The 2 sq ft/bird inside is used for broilers (Cornish X).
     
  5. Akane

    Akane Crowing

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    Depends on the bird. Usually I hear 4sq ft for standards and 2sq ft for bantams. Then meat birds are generally kept in fairly small space.
     
  6. gkeesling

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    If they could come and go outside the coop all they wanted then you could probably go with less than 4 sq. ft. per bird, but if you live in a northern area there is part of the winter they are going to be cooped up in the coop for a time. If you only have 2 sq. ft. per bird it will get awful crowded during that time and they will peck at each other something fierce. I live in Indiana, but if i lived in, say, Tennesee where they wouldn't be spending all their time in the coop during the winter thenI'd feel more comfortable going less than 4 sq. ft. per bird.
     

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