# Size for 16 chickens?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by kara_leigh, May 9, 2011.

1. ### kara_leighChillin' With My Peeps

May 3, 2011
I read somewhere, but can't find it, how many square feet you need per bird...or is it cubic feet? I can't remember. We plan to have 12 chickens, but planning for chicken math, my husband wants to build a coop for 16. What is the smallest amount of space we would need? (not saying we're going to make it that small, my husband just wants a starting point). How many nesting boxes would we need? Not all of our chickens will be layers, only a few will (maybe 4 or 5?). Thanks!!

2. ### stellacatChillin' With My Peeps

Apr 26, 2011
2-3 sq. ft. per bird, 2-3 hens can share a nest. For 12 chickens you would want at least 24 sq. ft. of floor space with probably 6 nest boxes. For the chicken run probably 4-6 sq. ft. per bird.

Last edited: May 9, 2011
3. ### DonnerOut Of The Brooder

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The standard answer is:

Coop and Run.
4 sqft per chicken of coop + 10 sqft per chicken of run.

Coop only
10 sqft per chicken.

May 3, 2011