New barn starting - question about coop size/amount of birds

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by ssledoux, Apr 23, 2009.

  1. ssledoux

    ssledoux Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We are about to break ground on our new barn. I just want to know how many hens an 8x16 coop is suitable for if they are only in at night. Hubby is going to make a separate brooding room that is completely insulated for when I raise babies, and I'll have to have something for the in-betweens, but, overall, they will roost in the 16x8. So how many will be comfortable in there?
     
  2. Snakeoil

    Snakeoil Chillin' With My Peeps

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    For 4 sq. foot per bird, that would easily handle 32 birds..
     
  3. ssledoux

    ssledoux Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks. I'll probably have about that many once my meat birds are finished and I give away the ones I've raised for other people. I may have a few extras but they'll be silkies so they won't take up much room. [​IMG]
     

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