need a little help about space per chickens

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by sailor_v, Nov 11, 2007.

  1. sailor_v

    sailor_v In the Brooder

    Nov 11, 2007
    I have been thinking of getting more chickens. I find them interesting pets. I have two sebright bantams (a pair. the rooster is really mean but I love him anyway hope I can find some way to stop pecking me so hard and stop trying to slash me with his talons) I used to have two Easter eggers from a feed store as babies but one died at his early age(I have no clue what cause him/she to die so young. she couldn’t walk, eat, drink so I put the water bowl and feeder bowl close to her so it can be available to her) so I had one left and bought another Easter egger but as they grew together the new one I bought turn out to be a red sex ling but all wells. But then my remaining Easter egger had the same problem from it sibling and died I cried so hard when I found out early in the morning.

    So I have been thinking to get more. I was wondering if I should get more because I don’t want to over crowd them in the coop. the coop is 6’ length by 5 ‘ wide and 5 ‘ tall so I want to know what the maximum chicken I can put in their.

    And yes I’m new here. I love my chickens but lately I haven’t been spending so much time with them when I was in elementary school but ever sing I been to middle school now high school I don’t have time as much as before(except summer vacation. I usually spend a lot of time with them on summer vacation)
    I have my sebright bantam over 4 years red sex link is my newest chicken I forgot what month I got her. I have tried incubating my sebright bantam eggs but all died one by one. Now I found out why. Maybe next spring I will try to incubate them again and buy some Easter eggers again
  2. LoneCowboy

    LoneCowboy Songster

    Aug 26, 2007
    Longmont, CO
    Bantams require 2 sq feet of space. Light breeds require 3 and heavy breeds require 4 sq ft. So I'd say you have room for more.
  3. Rafter 7 Paint Horses

    Rafter 7 Paint Horses Songster

    Jan 13, 2007
    East Texas
    Do they get outside during daylight hours or is the size of the place they spend all their time in?
    You have 30 square feet.

    This is my opinion:

    If they are outside during the day & only use the coop for bad weather & night time, then you have room for more.

    If this is where they stay all the time, then you have enough room to keep 3 standard chickens, at 10 square feet per chicken. I prefer 10 sq. ft. or more per chicken in a pen.

    Since you have a pair of bantams, you could probably keep 1 more standard chicken in that pen if they stay in it 24/7.

  4. sailor_v

    sailor_v In the Brooder

    Nov 11, 2007
    so i guess i have left for one more room for a another bantam.

    i let them out of the coop when i feed them and change the water and give them some more hours to stay out.(latly sometime i had to shorted their hours so i can do my homework.and im the only family wanted them and supervise them.)

    i really hope someday i can expand the coop.i was looking at the coop gallery and i saw a two story coop.i though it was cool and intresting to make.

    edit:eek:h ok now i understand. since they do go outside and freerange for a couple of hours i guess their room for more.

    also i been doing a lot of thinking for the coop.maybe in januaery or febuary i will ask my dad to expand the coop into a two story coop like the one here i saw int eh small coop gallery.i know their goignt o be many hard obstacles to go to.
    Last edited: Nov 12, 2007

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