Is it big enough

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by moodlymoo, Oct 18, 2011.

  1. moodlymoo

    moodlymoo Songster

    Aug 23, 2011
    Portland OR
    I have a 10x10 coop w/4 nest boxes, and a 4x16 run. My girls free range 4-5hrs a day but my question now is, do I have enough space for these 18 girls I own?

  2. GardenGal

    GardenGal Songster

    Mar 11, 2011
    Western WA
    If they're happy I wouldn't worry about it. A more detailed answer would require me to do math, and I'm only good at chicken math [​IMG]
  3. PixieChixie

    PixieChixie Chirping

    Oct 6, 2011
    I'm only good at chicken math this late, but I will try [​IMG]
    Looks like you have plenty of room inside, but the outside run is small.
    The general rule is 4 square feet/bird in he coop. You have 100 square feet inside. That is enough for 25 birds (if my brain is working right).
    The rule is 10 square feet/bird in the run. You have (argh! [​IMG] Think, pixie!) 64 suare feet outside. Is that right? Is the run smaller than the coop? That would be enough for 6-7 birds outside,
  4. GardenGal

    GardenGal Songster

    Mar 11, 2011
    Western WA
    Does that matter though if the birds free range half the day? Trying to learn as well [​IMG]
  5. gale65

    gale65 Songster

    I think if they could free range all day it would be fine, but even a few hours confined would make it too small. Our run is 240 square feet for 12 chickens and to me, it looks small. I hate for them to be locked up in it all day (we can't free range here) but technically it's plenty big at 20 square feet each.

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