Is my coop and run big enough?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by 2DogsCoop, Jun 1, 2011.

  1. 2DogsCoop

    2DogsCoop Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have an 8x8 coop with an 8x16 run. We currently have 5 RIR and are thinking of adding some more, the question is how many? I do not want to over crowd them but we are really enjoying our chickens. I am thinking of making our run larger maybe add another 8 feet so it is 16x16 but that is down the road. Thanks.
     
  2. chickenfarmer17

    chickenfarmer17 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    the coop will support 16 but the 8x16 run will only support 12
     
  3. bryan99705

    bryan99705 Chillin' With My Peeps

    For 5 birds, it's wonderful. Make sure the coop is very well ventilated and have a blast. Based on some scales you could go as high as a dozen, others, even more if the chicken math fever get a hold of you but for now you're just great. Chickens will adapt to what they're given and apprectiate every square inch.

    Do your birds have any outside roosts for hot weather, mine love theirs.
     
  4. 2DogsCoop

    2DogsCoop Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:No outside roosts, I go out and close up my coop every night. My run is secure or at least I think it is, I am sure they would be fine, just a little nervous about them staying outside. They have been fine in the coop for a couple of months now, it doesn't have a ton of ventilation but they have been fine to date.

    Thanks
     
  5. Alethea

    Alethea Chillin' With My Peeps

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    When we got our chicks we were advised to give them seven square feet per chicken. That's the yard. I don't know standards for coops. Ours is a converted firewood store, not pretty, but secure and the chicks are happy. Alethea
     
  6. Kikiriki

    Kikiriki Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I saw 2 to 3 sq ft per chicken in the coop. On a roost a minimum of 5 in per bird, more in hot weather so they can spread out.
     
  7. Roo on Harley

    Roo on Harley Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I wouldn't personally put chickens out in the open to roost, but I do have a short one in the open pen under shade and they use it during the day. It gets hot here in Texas so pretty much open are for us. It might freeze once in awhile here so am prepared to block it off for them.
     
  8. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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    Do you have any pictures??? Good luck and have fun!!!
     
  9. 2DogsCoop

    2DogsCoop Chillin' With My Peeps

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  10. CupOJoe42

    CupOJoe42 CT Chicken Whisperer

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    Great job!!! The general rule is 4 sq ft per bird in the coop and 10 sq ft per bird in the run.
     

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