New Chicken owner looking for input.

Grimey

Hatching
5 Years
Apr 17, 2014
2
0
7
Building a 4x8 coop with a run that is 12x8 was wondering how many chickens I can have in this. Also wondering what size yall are building each nesting box.
 

thomasboyle

Songster
6 Years
Feb 28, 2013
933
297
176
Northwest Hills of CT
It depends on the size chickens you are getting, but somewhere in the 7-9 range is right for that size coop and run. My nesting boxes are 12x14x14. You should have 2 nesting boxes or so.
 

RachRed

In the Brooder
5 Years
Feb 5, 2014
69
4
49
I'm building a 4x8 coop too! My run will be about 20x30. I'm getting 8 chicks in May. That gives then 4 square feet a peice in the coop (with room to add a couple I think). I did an external nesting box on the short side w 3 cubbies. They are about 12"x13" and 15" high. You can see my build so far under the thread name '4x8 coop'.
 

ronmauldin

Songster
5 Years
Jan 25, 2014
611
65
113
Rhode Island
Common rules of thumb are 3-4 sq ft of coop and 5-6 sq ft of run per chicken. As far as nesting boxes, at least one for every 4 chickens, but I prefer one for every two, in case some get broody.
 

wsmith

Songster
8 Years
Apr 9, 2011
2,738
178
218
South of Colorado Springs CO
Something to keep in mind...

The 4 square feet coop space and 10 square feet of run space per chicken is what I would call minimum space requirements. The more area you give them, the more contented the chickens will be. For some breeds the rule of thumb works great, for others, not so well. Personally, I wouldn't have more than 6 average sized hens in that size coop for long term living quarters.

Just my 2 cents.
 

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