Newbie with question re: how much space chickens need

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by romanticviolin, Jun 5, 2010.

  1. romanticviolin

    romanticviolin Hatching

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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
     
  2. SpringChickens

    SpringChickens Songster

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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.
     
  3. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

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

    romanticviolin Hatching

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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?
     
  5. SpringChickens

    SpringChickens Songster

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    Two. It's only 6 square feet...
     
  6. romanticviolin

    romanticviolin Hatching

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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
     
  7. b.hromada

    b.hromada Flock Mistress

    Hey Dottie! [​IMG] from S. Florida! Its great to have you here with us! [​IMG] You'll find lots of good advice on this forum. [​IMG]
     
  8. BarredBuff

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    [​IMG] from Eastern Kentucky.
     
  9. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Crowing

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    [​IMG] and [​IMG] from Ohio. Good advice given. [​IMG]
     

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