Is the run big enough? Too big?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by candy37, Sep 27, 2007.

  1. candy37

    candy37 In the Brooder

    Aug 22, 2007
    South Texas
    Since my dog, Mona, has proven she cannot be trusted with chickens my husband wants to build them a large run. His plans are for a large square, 25' each side. The coop will be in this area, but will be raised 2 or 3 feet off the ground so they can go underneath.
    We have 9 chicks now (white leghorns), but want more in the spring. I don't want them to be crowded, so how many chickens can happily live in an area this size?
  2. siz8003

    siz8003 Songster

    Jul 31, 2007
    Thay say 4 sqf per bird you have more than enough room for what you have and more in the spring [​IMG]
  3. WoodlandWoman

    WoodlandWoman Crowing

    May 8, 2007
    Siz8003 the recommended minimum of 4 sq. ft. per chicken is actually for the coop. For the run, it's 10 sq.ft. As you say, though, it's still plenty of room.
    Last edited: Sep 27, 2007
  4. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress

    Feb 28, 2007
    South Eastern Indiana
    A 25 x 25 yard.... 625 sq ft will comfortably hold 62.5 chickens LOL, ok, so at least big is the coop? You need 4 sq ft per bird in the coop. More chickies in the spring! WOOHOO!!!
  5. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    Just get a bantam to fill up the half a chicken!
  6. candy37

    candy37 In the Brooder

    Aug 22, 2007
    South Texas
    Quote:My husband said he's building the coop large enough for 25 chickens.

    So I suppose we'll end up with 25...and the run will be plenty big enough for them.

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