Newbie here... Please help

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by yngfireman, Sep 29, 2013.

  1. yngfireman

    yngfireman Hatching

    Sep 29, 2013
    I'm new to the forum and I have a question that I'm sure has been asked over and over. I know this because I have search the web to help with this question. I have a coop that is 4x8 and I have a area of fenced area of 110 square feet. What I don't understand is it the size of the coop or the size of the area that determines the number of chickens you can keep in that area. Or can someone tell me how many chickens I can have in that area? Thanks in advance for the help, and I'm sorry to ask the question..
  2. Big Bubba

    Big Bubba Songster

    May 19, 2013
    Well, both are important. The coop is where they spend their evenings and you don't need as much space since they're basically sleeping. Your fenced in area is their run for daytime activities.

    The coop and run area you've described I would say would give you the ability to host 4-6 chickens.
  3. yngfireman

    yngfireman Hatching

    Sep 29, 2013
    Thank you Big Bubba for the information. I thought I could get more chickens.... well back to the drawing board.
  4. sn0wwhite

    sn0wwhite Songster

    May 11, 2013
    Depending on the breed you might be able to get a couple more. Will the chickens get any yard time or will they just be in the coop or the run all the time? I like the rule of thumb of 4 square feet per chicken in the coop and 10 square feet per bird in the run.
  5. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    4x8=32/4=8 chickens
    110/10=11 chickens
    That's the math for the rule of thumb that sn0w cited.
    there are other considerations...climate, predator load, some reading-filtering opinions/situations/experiences.
    start small and maybe add more later.
  6. yngfireman

    yngfireman Hatching

    Sep 29, 2013
    Thanks for the info snowwhite and aart. I have went to a lot of trouble to keep as many predators out as I possibly can. My entire run is made with 1/2 hardwire. But I want to get as many chickens as possible with out causing any problems. Thats why I am asking, to see if I need to make the coop larger to match the run or vice versa

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