Space for my RIRs

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by camoman1211, Feb 28, 2009.

  1. camoman1211

    camoman1211 In the Brooder

    Feb 21, 2009
    DeFuniak Springs, FL
    building a moving coop 3'x5' and 3' high how many hens can i raise:)[​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]

  2. timbofarms

    timbofarms Songster

    Jun 11, 2008
    Humboldt/West TN
    I think it is 4 square foot per chicken. I Think.
  3. ashtray

    ashtray Songster

    Feb 15, 2009
    Staunton VA
    it all depends on who ya ask [​IMG] some say 4 sqft per bird and others say 3 sqft
    Last edited: Feb 28, 2009
  4. B. Saffles Farms

    B. Saffles Farms Mr. Yappy Chickenizer

    Nov 23, 2008
    Madisonville, TN
    3 would fit very comfortably, but 4 would fit comfortably.
  5. CityClucks

    CityClucks The Center of a 50 Mile Radius

    Jan 31, 2009
    Tulsa, OK
    I have seen several times that for standard sized clucks inside a coop (at night, kept inside due to inclement weather, etc.), the rule is about 4 sq. ft. per bird.

    In an outdoor run - such as a chicken tractor, etc. - I believe the sq. ft. per bird should be in the 7-8' range. I think a little more is always better.
  6. #1California Chick

    #1California Chick Songster

    Dec 5, 2008
    SF Bay Area
    [​IMG] Welcome to BYC from California!! [​IMG]

    It sounds like you are talking about a "chicken tractor" where both the coop and the run are moveable. Is that right??

    If so, you only have room for a couple of hens.

    The general rule is that you need 4sq feet of COOP space PLUS 10sq feet if RUN space per hen. Since you live in FL and your hens won't spend many days locked up in the coop, you could get away with slightly less coop space ----AS LONG as they are free-ranged or have the run space noted above!!!

    Good Luck!!

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