Recommendations for how many chickens in my available space...

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by JerseyChickGuy, Dec 7, 2013.

  1. JerseyChickGuy

    JerseyChickGuy New Egg

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    Hi Everyone,
    I'm an 8 week veteran of chicken keeping...not much experience[​IMG]! So far I have 7 girls (hopefully girls!), 2 Ameracaunas, 1 Blue Orpington, 1 Dominique, 1 Silver Laced Polish, and 2 Silkies. The coop I built is a 48sf shed attached to a 144sf covered run. So far plenty of space to make them happy.

    I am trying to convince my wife to allow me to get a few more girls next year and was just wondering what everyones opinions were on how many I could comfortable fit in my total space. THANKS!!

    They are eating leftover brussel sprout plants in one of my gardens in this pic!
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  2. ChickenDude101

    ChickenDude101 Out Of The Brooder

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    The standard method is 1 large breed chicken for every 4sq ft. So I believe you have enough room for a couple more.
     
  3. Mtn Laurel

    Mtn Laurel Chillin' With My Peeps

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    General rule of thumb for standard sized birds is 4 sq. ft. in the coop and 10 sq. ft. in the run. Looks to me like you've got room for MORE!

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  4. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC! Like everybody else said, looks like you should have room for a couple more chickens.
     
  5. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Overrun With Chickens

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    Hi and welcome to BYC form northern Michigan [​IMG]
     
  6. Shalom Farm

    Shalom Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Welcome to BYC!
    And you have room for more! Be careful, chickens are like chips. The serving size is just a suggestion-you'll have more, they are just addicting! ;D
     
  7. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC![​IMG]Happy you joined us! And Merry Christmas!
     
  8. cstronks

    cstronks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That is a pretty spacious area...to be honest, a coop with that size can hold another set of what you already have, provided that you clean well. My birds are extremely social, and I have 6 sq feet of run space and a little more than 3 square feet of coop space per bird, but as long as you stay on top of the birds clean thoroughly, you can certainly add more birds. The more birds, the more fun, the more eggs! Good Luck!
     
  9. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC - you have plenty of space for a dozen easily, and probably more than that.
     

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