Large Enough Area?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Fireman26, Apr 11, 2009.

  1. Fireman26

    Fireman26 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have an 8'wide, by 12'deep and 6.5' high lean-to that is not being used right now (approx. 96sq. ft.). I was thinking of making a run about 3'-4' high and 3'-4' wide and 20' long going along the backside of the lean-to and building. How many birds can I safely raise in that area? Some people say to give yourself about 4sq. ft. per bird, but that seems a little cramped to me. Any suggestions? Any help will be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.
    Jason
     
  2. kick'n chick'n

    kick'n chick'n Chillin' With My Peeps

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    in my opinion about 10-12. but if you think that 4sq ft is cramped put 6-8 or what you feel is appropriate(sp?) its your coop so there is no min.# .
     
  3. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

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    I'd say go with what you're comfortable with. I know the general response on this board is "4 sq ft per hen indoors, 6-10 outdoors" but personally I think they act DIFFERENT when you give them more space, in a good way, and if you want to have fewer chcikens and thus mroe space per chicken I will applaud you all the way [​IMG]

    To some extent it also depends on climate... the more year-round always-congenial it is, the more time they spend outdoors and the more you can probably 'cheat' on indoors if you want. Whereas mine do not want to go out at -20 F even in a roofed run, and 15 sq ft per hen indoors here is NOT excessive, to my way of thinking [​IMG]

    Good luck, have fun,

    Pat
     

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