Newbie! How much room for a chicken run?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by 4boysmama, Jan 30, 2009.

  1. 4boysmama

    4boysmama In the Brooder

    Jan 30, 2009
    NE Indiana
    Hi- I am new here and new to the world of chickens! [​IMG] I am planning how to build our coop, and couldn't find how much room you should have per chicken for a chicken run. Can anyone give me some approx. numbers? Thank you so much! This will save me time from doing more searches on the internet and only coming up with things about the movie "Chicken Run"!
  2. Pumpkinpup

    Pumpkinpup Poultry Princess 10 Years

    Jul 16, 2008
    North-West Georgia
    I want to welcome you to our forum! [​IMG]

    The answer to your question will depend greatly on what kind of chickens you plan on housing [​IMG] What breeds did you have in mind?

    Edited to add, I use the 4 to 6 ft per bird rule of thumb. Everyone has their own idea on this so you may get different answers [​IMG]
    Last edited: Jan 30, 2009
  3. william9792

    william9792 Songster

    Nov 23, 2008
    graham, nc
  4. summerb76

    summerb76 Songster

    Aug 8, 2008
    Lake Como, Florida
    My chicken have free run over 2.5 acres right now, but we are fencing them in soon. The run will be about 40x80. We have 22 chickens and 28 more on the way. I think most people say 10 sq feet per bird though for a run.
  5. 4boysmama

    4boysmama In the Brooder

    Jan 30, 2009
    NE Indiana
    Thanks for the Welcome! We are looking at layers. Like maybe the Ameraucana, Barred Plymouth Rocks, Light Brown Leghorn... We are still trying to decide!

    Thanks again!
  6. eaganchickens

    eaganchickens Songster

    Sep 21, 2008
    10 sq feet per bird or more. [​IMG]
  7. #1California Chick

    #1California Chick Songster

    Dec 5, 2008
    SF Bay Area
    [​IMG] Welcome to BYC!!! [​IMG]

    Most folks here would say 10 sq feet per standard bird in the run and 4 sq feet in the coop!!

    Hope this helps!!! [​IMG]


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