Number of chickens that can comfortably live in my coop....

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Long Last Farm, Jun 12, 2010.

  1. Long Last Farm

    Long Last Farm Songster

    Apr 30, 2010
    Southern Tier, NY
    Hi! We continue to work on remodelling an old tack building on our farm into a chicken coop. It is an 8' x10' permanent building with high rafters. The chickens will also have a 16' x16' fenced in run for daily use. I also plan to provide supervised "free-ranging " in the evenings. What would you think would be the maximum # of chickens that I should have with this set up?
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  2. kybeagle

    kybeagle Songster

    Feb 24, 2010
    An 8X10 coop should hold 20 full grown standard size chickens, at least that's what information I have read.
  3. vstoltzfus

    vstoltzfus Songster

    Aug 10, 2009
    Lancaster County, PA
    Well, the "rule of thumb" is 4sf per bird in the coop, 10sf per bird in the run. You can put more in if they're bantam. Have fun!
  4. 95yj

    95yj Songster

    Nov 25, 2009
    Central Vermont
    theoretically 20, if their all happy and like each other and its a well set up coop etc 25-30 maybe, also depends on the breed, not only size but also aggression and flightiness etc. i'd start with 10-15 and then bump it up if that works well.
  5. Long Last Farm

    Long Last Farm Songster

    Apr 30, 2010
    Southern Tier, NY
    Thanks, everyone--we have 15 in the brooder right now, so we should be good to go when the remodelling is done.....
  6. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    15 should do fine. Keep in mind that the general rule of thumb of 4 sq. ft. per LF chicken is a minimum guideline for folks wanting to get away from commercial poultry house "acceptable" standards. The more space you can give your chickens, the better off you and your chickens will be, especially when they are full grown birds, and it's winter time, and they want to spend a lot of time indoors. Your space will look huge when they're chicks. And it'll seem roomy in spring, summer, and fall when the chickens are only indoors for sleeping and laying. But winter time with full grown birds will be another story... [​IMG]

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