New to Chickens West GA

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by CaptMorgan, Mar 3, 2014.

  1. CaptMorgan

    CaptMorgan New Egg

    Mar 3, 2014
    Temple, GA
    Hello All,
    Just wanted to say thank you to everyone on this site. It has been a wonderful source of information for me to use in building my chicken coop and for raising my new baby chicks.
    I have built a mobile chicken tractor with a 4'x3' coop (Not counting the three hen boxes) with 7ft. worth of roosting perches one at 1ft high above nesting boxes and one at 2ft. I read before that you need about a foot of roosting perch for each bird and I was wanting 6 total chickens.
    The run is 7'X4'.

    Would 6 be too many....? I don't want them to feel miserable.

    Right Know I have
    2: Red Stars
    1: Easter Egger (Sold as an Americana/Araucana mix)
    1: Black Australorp

    I was thinking about getting one more of the Australorp and another easter egger for a total of 6.

    Any suggestions would be great. Thanks in Advance.
  2. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop

    A coop space of 4x3 is 12 square feet. This is a bit too small for 6 chickens. If kept confined in this small space, they will no doubt rip each other apart. You can't really include the roost bars as coop space, even though it is there. It is floor space you are concerned with. You might be able to keep 3 or 4 birds in this space ok. However you have a good sized run and if they are spending most of their time out there and not stuck in the coop, you might do ok, if your weather warrants lots of them being in the run. So if you do get 6 birds, you will need to be prepared to expand on the coop size if the birds are picking on each other. :)

    Welcome to BYC and enjoy all your poultry adventures!
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  3. Puddin Fluff

    Puddin Fluff Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 30, 2012
    River Valley, AR
    Welcome to the forun! I am not good a figuring space, maybe you will get another response that is.

    Welcome to chicken math! Have fun.
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  4. CaptMorgan

    CaptMorgan New Egg

    Mar 3, 2014
    Temple, GA
    @TwoCrows ,

    They will spend all day in the run and only coop at night. Here in GA we usually(this one has been weird) have pretty mild winters and of course hot summers.

    Thanks!!! For your response.
  5. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

    Feb 18, 2011
    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC! X2, that is probably going to be too small for that many standard breed chickens unless they can spend pretty much all their time outside... the general rule of thumb seems to be 4 sq foot inside and 10 outside, so the run space is small also for 6. Here is a great BYC article that helps on figuring out how much space you'll want
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  7. gander007

    gander007 Chicken Obsessed

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  8. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Welcome to BYC. The space that you mention will be inadequate for more chickens.
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  9. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    you either need to build a bigger run and coop or get less chickens. If you have a roosting bar over the nest boxes, the chickens will be dropping poo bombs all over them.
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  10. CaptMorgan

    CaptMorgan New Egg

    Mar 3, 2014
    Temple, GA
    Thanks Everyone....

    @drumstick diva
    I did notice that in most designs so the roosting bars are not over the hen boxes. Thanks for the tip.

    I think I will stick with the original four!

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