Size for 16 chickens?

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

  1. kara_leigh

    kara_leigh Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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. stellacat

    stellacat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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.
     
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  3. Donner

    Donner Out 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.
     
  4. kara_leigh

    kara_leigh Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh, my chickens free range during the day so I don't know if that makes a difference. Eventually they will have a covered run for when we have to go out of town or will be gone for a long period during the day. Normally I'm here during the day so I can keep an eye on them, but I won't expect that from our neighbor who will most likely be the one to take care of them while we are out of town.
     

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