Jumped in with both feet!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by theEgglayers, Jun 3, 2016.

  1. theEgglayers

    theEgglayers New Egg

    Jun 3, 2016
    On May 28th I decided that I wanted to raise chickens, on June 1st I had a flock of 11 young birds, 2 weeks to 4 weeks, living in a dog kennel in my garage.

    Now I am in need of assistance in the next steps. I am here at BYC to get the help, support and community that myself, and my flock, will need to survive my excited ascent into chicken husbandry.

    My first road block, as it may be, is that I need to get the chickens out of my garage. So I have a book, it says 3-4 sq ft per bird in an open space, or 7-10 sq ft for a confined space. What is a coop with a run attached considered? If I have a coop, that is 6 ft by 5 ft and an attached run that is 6 ft by 12 ft, is that enough space for that many chickens, and how do I know if I can add more :)
  2. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
  3. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2014
    Yorkshire, UK
    My Coop
    Hi :welcome

    Glad you could join us here! Congrats on your new chickens :clap I too agree that more is better for them. Please do check out the link Sumi left for you, it's a fantastic read :D
    Have you stopped by our coop section? Lots if great ideas there that are very helpful for planning your next step ~ https://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/2/Coop_Designs

    Wishing you the very best of luck for the future and enjoy BYC :frow
  4. Chicken Egg 17

    Chicken Egg 17 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 11, 2015
    McVeytown PA
    Hi and welcome to BYC I am glad you could join us. Feel free to make yourself at home and ask as many questions as needed. Along with the coop and run build feel free to go and add your coop and plans along with pics to to the site, there you can share your coop and run with other members. Here is a link to get you started but before you can do that you may have to post a few more posts to the site.

  5. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
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  6. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi and welcome to BYC - you have some great advice already so I'll just say hello!

    All the best
  7. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Glad you joined the Backyard chickens flock.
  8. RedSky1

    RedSky1 Out Of The Brooder

    Welcome! You picked the right place for good sound advice!
  9. Intheswamp

    Intheswamp Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 25, 2009
    South Alabama
    I'm not sure about the "3-4 sq ft per bird in an open space , or 7-10 sq ft for a confined space"...seems kind of backwards to me. The most often quoted "rule of thumb" is 4 square feet of coop space per bird and 10 square feet of run per bird. This really varies with type of chicken, personalities, climate, how much free ranging they will get, etc.,...the variation normally leans to more space per bird to keep them happy. Adhering to the that "rule",...for a coop 6x5 feet in dimensions around seven birds would fit in there. For a run of 6x12 feet, you could fit about the same number chickens in there....around seven. The two (the coop and the run) are usually calculated on a separate population density. This is for normal/large size fowl. Bantams you could have more.

    Climate has a big impact on housing. If they are crowded into a coop too small for their numbers and they have to stay in there for an extended period of time (freezing weather, etc.) then they will become very unhappy and start causing problems...pecking, bullying,fighting, murder, etc.,. Same situation can happen if they're simply confined to too small of an area regardless of weather. Overcrowded is...overcrowded.

    Best wishes,

    ETA: I would certainly add no more to the population for the size of housing that you've stated unless all the birds were bantams. Also, the "rule" is really more of a guideline than a rule and some people get away with a high population density. Just starting out I would recommend against pushing the envelope. ;)
    Last edited: Jun 4, 2016
  10. theEgglayers

    theEgglayers New Egg

    Jun 3, 2016
    Thanks to everyone for the replies and the welcomes!
    I am now on my way to building a coop with attached run. With that said I again need some advice. I live in Herriman Utah. Today the wind today blew at a lovely 15 miles per hour, which is quite normal out here. Is that going to be a problem for my chicks?

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