Is this big enough for 5 chickens?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by the lemon tree, May 12, 2009.

  1. the lemon tree

    the lemon tree Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 12, 2009
    My coop has a flat hinged roof, the henhouse is 4 X 3 X 3? feet and then there is a small run directly beneath that that is 4 X 3 X 2. There is also a 4 X 4 X 3? foot run attached. By these dimensions, do you think it will be big enough for 5 medium sized chickens? There will be two nesting boxes and some perches as well. What do you think? I plan for them to free range for part of the day as well so they will not be permanently confined.

    Thanks for your help!
  2. brandytab

    brandytab Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 27, 2009
    Upstate NY
    That is very close to the dimensions of my bantam coop - I, personally, wouldn't put 5 in there, unless they were all bantams.
  3. chuckzoo

    chuckzoo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 20, 2009
    Tuscaloosa, Alabama
    The recommendations I have read are;

    4 sq ft (length X width) of coop space per chicken
    10 Sq ft run space per chicken

    Hope this helps.
  4. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    Quote:Right, this is the standard MINIMUM used here. More is always better.
  5. Domestic_goddess

    Domestic_goddess Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 26, 2009
    I tend to disagree with the others on this and some may argue with me but I don't like the the "A typical standard coop dimensions". Yes it's a general rule, but it's really hard for ppl when they don't have the money or space to build a coop that big. I say do what you can, and if you have run for a little extra space--great. I think your coop size sounds great and if you will free range, that's even better. Good luck to you!
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  6. chickens3

    chickens3 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 5, 2009
    Eau Claire, Michigan
    That should work just fine for 5 chickens.

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