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Run design + Geometry = Chicken Math! sq ft pen.

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by gotthefever, Jan 14, 2015.

  1. gotthefever

    gotthefever Chirping

    Oct 6, 2014
    IF Farmer Dan has 40 ft of semi flexible fence and wants to keep as many chickens as he can.... what shape affords the chickens the most legroom?

    This surely has been talked over before, but it's so interesting. People like our tidy rectangles and square shapes...

    If you have materials for a run that are 40 linear feet - and somewhat flexible -

    40 ft diameter circle = 127.34 sq feet - nearly 13 chickens (about 30 more sq ft, Wow!)[​IMG]
    40 ft square = 100 sq feet - 10 chickens
    40 ft triangle = 76.9 sq feet (13.333 per side) - 8 chickens

    Last edited: Jan 26, 2015
  2. gotthefever

    gotthefever Chirping

    Oct 6, 2014
    I built it. It is a work in progress, of course. 50 ft of materials. in a circle

    It is light, I can move it so easily by that I mean, like a finger can drag it.

    I used plastic clothes pins from the $ store for electric. :) and electric polywire is inexpensive.

    For my circle square footage:
    with 50 linear ft of material.

    198.9437 square ft of area

    a rectangle design:
    with 50 linear ft of material.

    usinging 15X10 (many configurations)

    150 square ft of area

    Difference of nearly 49 square feet.

    The moral of the story, more room, happier chickens.

    You could use this in a figure 8 with equal sides or a smaller side for grow out, picked on or rooster pen.
    Last edited: Jan 27, 2015

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