1. chickencoop13

    chickencoop13 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i just built a 3x3 coop and was wondering if it would be suitable for 4 hens they would have a 4x8 run open to them all the time. me and my dad are going to build a 8x10 coop this winter and order chicks we had an old clubhouse converted but a bear broke the windows and ate al the hens so were building a new one in my cow pasture where they will be safe.
     
  2. Chicken Chat

    Chicken Chat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    First, it depends if you have standards or bantams. Rule of thumb for standards is 4 sq ft per bird inside the house. You can usually get away with less than that for bantams.

    So if you have 4 standard hens, that's 4x4=16 sq ft of inside space needed total. Some chickens may need more, some are ok with less.

    Sorry about your chickens. I'm glad I don't have to worry about bears around here. The worst I encounter is to surprise a raccoon.
     
  3. chickencoop13

    chickencoop13 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    how many bantams could i fit
     
  4. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

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    9 square feet is pretty minimal, especially for a New Hampshire winter if that is where you are located. I would not personally put more than 2 birds in there and if I did I'd make darn sure they had a HUGE, ROOFED, very well wind-blocked run, not just 4x8.

    You can try putting 4 birds in there, and maybe it will be okay, but it is not ideal from either a management or chicken-happiness standpoint. For one thing, it will be virtually impossible to get acceptable wintertime ventilation without serious wind in the coop.

    Good luck, have fun,

    Pat
     
  5. TajMahalChickens

    TajMahalChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would say that you could 3 standard hens, maybe 5 bantams. I know that 3 sq. ft. per bird is the rule for thumb for standards.
     

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