Newbie with question re: how much space chickens need

romanticviolin

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Hello!! I live in Phila and would like to know, when people say you need 3-5 sq ft for each chicken is that just the chicken house (mine is 3ft wide by 2ft by 2ft) or does it include the run? My run is 6ft long, 3 ft wide and 2ft tall. Do i have enough room for 4 chickens? The chicken house has two nesting boxes and one roost which is 2ft long which is about 6 inches off the floor. Is that enough room for 4 chickens to roost? Thanks for your help!
Dottie
 

SpringChickens

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I would say you would be most comfortable with 2 chickens - could possibly squeeze 3 in there, but your coop/run is far too small for four.
 

ranchhand

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I agree, you really only have room for 2 standard hens, maybe 3 if they are bantams.
 

romanticviolin

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I am more concerned about the house part where they nest and roost. I will let them free range during the day. How many chickens could fit in the chicken house part?
 

romanticviolin

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Thanks for your help! I'll just try two or three bantams....or do some remodeling of the present coop. Wish I had planned better! I really wanted 4, since we are a family of six! But our back yard is a small city plot, 35ft by 35 feet, and neighbors are right nearby.
Dottie
 

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