Size of coop and run

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by xjonesy, Mar 15, 2009.

  1. xjonesy

    xjonesy In the Brooder

    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!
  2. B. Saffles Farms

    B. Saffles Farms Mr. Yappy Chickenizer

    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.
  3. purecountrychicken

    purecountrychicken Songster

    Sep 11, 2008
    Gray Court, SC
    4 sq ft per chicken is good. I would probly make it bigger,,8ft x 8ft coop would be good. Gives room for a couple more chickens if you want.
  4. Anny

    Anny Songster

    Apr 24, 2008
    Detroit Michigan
    bigger is always better.

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