Need help please!

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Conecuh, Aug 11, 2013.

  1. Conecuh

    Conecuh New Egg

    Jul 13, 2012
    I've recently just finished up building my first chicken "pen" or "coop". It's 8'x12' as of now. I'm getting 3 chickens later on today, but I was wondering how many chickens (max) I could keep in my pen? Here's some pics the first one isn't a picture of it complete, just during the process. Any help is appreciated. Also any advice about adding anything to my coop that would be helpful is appreciated thanks!


  2. LittleChooks

    LittleChooks Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 30, 2012
    Aberdeenshire, UK
    Tough one. I am getting three tomorrow, and my pen isnt as big but has an enclosed house for them at nights (Scotland). I'd say a max of 6-8, but that might be a bit cruel having that many in that space. I don't know, my neighbours have 5 chickens in a space just smaller than that, they seemed fine about it.
    Hope this helped!
  3. Danishennies

    Danishennies Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 10, 2013
    My coop is a 24 x 12 the inclosed "house" is 8 x 10 we have 14 all together. They are fine an happy.
  4. Conecuh

    Conecuh New Egg

    Jul 13, 2012
    Thanks! I plan on having an enclosed house for them at some point too.
  5. ChirpyChicks1

    ChirpyChicks1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 22, 2013
    It's recommended that the coop be 4sq ft per bird and the run 10sq ft per bird. So your coop (8'x12') could house 24 birds. You'd need a chicken run of 240sq ft, or free range

    Where are you located? Have you done research over the different predators are in your area? Even if you haven't seen them, they are there ;)
    Last edited: Aug 11, 2013

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