need help! how much pen room do 6 silkie chickens need? plz answer!

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by 8silkies, Apr 8, 2009.

  1. 8silkies

    8silkies Out Of The Brooder

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    okay, i have 6 silkie chickens on the way and i am trying to build a pen. but i am soooo confused about the size. i know you are supposed to have 8 to 10 sqft of pen space per chicken, right? isn't it less for silkies?

    and when you say (i.e.) 10 sqft feet is that 10 sqft total (3.1622776 x 3.1622776)? or is it really 100 sqft (10 x 10)? please let me know, cause i am sooo confused.

    oh and, its actually going to be 2 pens b/c i need one pen for 2 white silkie hens and a white silkie rooster; and another pen for 2 splash silkie hens and a splash silkie rooster. is that a good ratio for silkies, 2:1 (hen to
    rooster) ????

    please answer if you know! thanks!
     
  2. willowcol

    willowcol Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 10, 2008
    Macclesfield NC
    My coop for silkies I only do 3 ft per bird. But thats not counting the run area.
    Guess I could have added more info. I have 4 white silkies together, thier coop is only 4X3, bigger breeds need 4 ft per bird I believe.
     
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  3. HennysMom

    HennysMom Keeper of the Tiara

    1 sq ft = 12 inches by 12 inches ; multiply by 10

    I believe silkies need 4 sq ft per bird and standards are 10 sq ft per bird, but dont quote me on it.

    Why are you separating your birds? are you worried about cross breeding or something? Are they going to be show birds?
     
  4. 8silkies

    8silkies Out Of The Brooder

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    well i am going to sell some of the eggs and chicks, and some people don't like when different colors are in the same pen.
     
  5. 8silkies

    8silkies Out Of The Brooder

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    so if i was going to put 3 SILKIES in a pen would the pen need to be 15 feet by 15 feet? (if i did 5 sq ft per silkie)? that seems like ALOT of room for 3 small chickens, dont you think?
     
  6. willowcol

    willowcol Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 10, 2008
    Macclesfield NC
    no for 3 silkies even doing 4 ft per bird it would only have to be 3ftX4ft. lol
     
  7. 8silkies

    8silkies Out Of The Brooder

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    wait i know that is wrong.

    would i do my pen 4 ft by 4 ft? that would = 16 sqft. so would that be enough room for 3 silkies?

    PLZ ANSWER!!! thnx! i think what i put above is right but i am not sure.
     
  8. willowcol

    willowcol Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 10, 2008
    Macclesfield NC
    easier way to figure it out, say you go buy 1 floor tile that is 12 inches X12inches that is 1 square ft. you would need 4 tiles to be 4. square foot 15 to be 15 square ft. so 3 ft x 5 ft equals 15 square ft. or 3 rows of tiles X 5 rows of tiles.
     
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  9. 8silkies

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    okay that helps a little...lets say i do an 8 ft by 8 ft pen, that would be 64 sqft feet, so how many sqft is that per chicken ( if i have 3 silkies in the pen?? (this is were i get confused! ugh!
     
  10. willowcol

    willowcol Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 10, 2008
    Macclesfield NC
    Just divide it by the number of birds so 64 divided by 3 silkies is around 21 sq ft per bird.
     

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