size of coop for number of hens

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Glenmar, Feb 3, 2011.

  1. Glenmar

    Glenmar Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I know this comes up a lot, but I have a garden style coop, where the hen house is above the run
    there is a ladder for the girls to get up. My run is 6 x 10. The hen house is about 6 x 3. How many
    standard size hens would fit comfortably here. I was thinking 7 or 8.
    Thanks
     
  2. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    The recommended size is 4 sq ft per LF chicken. So, 6x3 henhouse is 18 sq ft, divided by 4 equals 4, maybe 5 chickens. Run recommendations are 10 sq ft per LF chicken, so 6 x 10 is 60, and more chickens could be comfy in your run than in your henhouse, up to 6 of 'em.
     
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  3. FarmerJohn3285

    FarmerJohn3285 County Line Farms

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    I would go with that number....sounds good. [​IMG]
     
  4. Cargo

    Cargo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    4 is a good start. You may be able to add a 5th but I would wait till you have been through a winter with chickens.
     
  5. Glenmar

    Glenmar Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks. Right now I have 5 in there they seem to have no problems. The plans that I used
    said 6, and the coop was built larger than the original plans. I do intend to extend the run this spring.
     

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