Large Enough Area?

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

  1. Fireman26

    Fireman26 Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 1, 2009
    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.
  2. kick'n chick'n

    kick'n chick'n Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 18, 2008
    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

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    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,


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