Size of coop and run


In the Brooder
10 Years
Feb 13, 2009
I'm finally building my coop and run -- I'm really excited. I want to have 5-6 chickens -- how many square feet do the coop and run need to be to accomodate that many chickens? I thought I read somewhere that the coop needs to be about 4 square feet per chicken -- does that sound right? Don't want the chickens to get all "cooped up." So for 5-6 chickens, I need at least 20-24 square feet of space, is that right?

Does the same rule of thumb apply to the run -- about 4 square feet of space for them to run around?

Thank you!

B. Saffles Farms

Mr. Yappy Chickenizer
11 Years
Nov 23, 2008
Madisonville, TN
Rule of thumb on the run is at least 8 to 10 sq ft. 20 to 24sq ft for the coop, for 5 to 6 chickens is right, depending on how much time they will have to spend in the coop. Its usually best to go bigger though, cause you usually wind up wanting more than originally planned.

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