Question please help

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by realsis, Mar 19, 2016.

  1. realsis

    realsis Crazy for Silkies

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    hi friends I know this is the wrong place to ask but I asked in the appropriate forum and never got a answer :(. How many chickens will a 4x8 hen house hold? really worried cause I have 10 coming and hubby won't build bigger. I hope I don't have to give away any of my brand new chicks!! will they fit????
     
  2. Choco Maran

    Choco Maran Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It depends on what kind of chickens they are.

    Heavy breeds when grown require 4 square feet per chicken.
    4x8 = 32 square feet so 10 chickens should have about 40 square feet. If you have outside pen they should be fine. You just may have to clean a bit more often.

    I have 30 hens and rooster in a 12x12 stall with a 12x12 run and they are doing just fine. I clean and change bedding very week. I have cochins and wyandottes. Hope this helps.
     
  3. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Sits With Chickens Premium Member

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    I do agree it depends on the breeds, but you should be okay, but that's the maximum number I would put into it, but you should have a good sized run or some free ranging.
     
  4. realsis

    realsis Crazy for Silkies

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    Thank you all so much! They are all standard size actually large size. I'm glad my bantams have their own tiny house :) The breeds are 7 Barred Rocks, 1 silver penciled rock, 1 Golden cuckoo Maran, and 1 suprise breed layer?? ( could be anything??)
     
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  5. realsis

    realsis Crazy for Silkies

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    I waited four years , I just wish he would have made it bigger.... but as long as it will do. they have a large run and 10,000 sq feet free range space but I live in the flight line of so many hawks! well we make due with what we can. I think I'm going to expand my run myself. I think I can do it?? Things have been harder lately having kidney disease....
     
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  6. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Sits With Chickens Premium Member

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    They should be okay, give your birds stuff to hide under for hawks, mine will mostly stick near trees and shrubs. That's a nice mix. I am familiar with chronic health problems, chickens are good for making stuff like that go away for a while, and for making days more enjoyable.
     
  7. realsis

    realsis Crazy for Silkies

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    isn't that the truth!! if it wasn't for my critters I just don't know how I'd make it. it absolutely gives me something to look foward to and I really enjoy the people/chicken bond!!! I'm doing a bit better although I will need a future transplant. I went from 20% total kidney function to 40% which is a miracle in itself!! although 40% is less than half and so many issues come with failing kidneys! but my little babies make the day a whole lot brighter!! :) just hope they all get along with my new ones! :) so excited they are in the hatchery incubator now! please say a little prayer they make their long trip home alive and well!
     
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  8. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Sits With Chickens Premium Member

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    I will be wishing good thoughts for both you and your chicks.
     

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