sq footage help

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by ForestOwl, Jan 8, 2012.

  1. ForestOwl

    ForestOwl Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 6, 2011
    ok so I know 4 sq ft is what is needed per chicken and say 2ft x 2ft is 4 sq ft yes?
    soooo just to make sure my calculations are correct ( I never trust myself on any kind of math)

    how many chickens could fit happily in a coop that is 6 ft x 16 ft?

    and what about a run (with free ranging) that is 16 ft x 25 ft?

    I would put what I've come up with but I'm afraid it would be waaaay off..... [​IMG]
  2. Chris Herzog

    Chris Herzog Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 16, 2011
    Quote:6 x 16 = 96, 96 / 4 = 24, so 24 chickens in the coop.

    16 x 25 = 400, 400 / 10 = 40, so 40 chickens in that size run.

  3. NovaAman

    NovaAman Overrun With Chickens

    HOWEVER, if you have bantam chickens, you can get away with a few more... Chicken math will take over on you then... Cuz you can go... 32... or 24... 32... or 24... LOL.

    AND with a run that size.. you might be able to get a way a few more LF chickens, because they will have a lot of room.... However, I'd not really... SO, if you figure 3sf for bantams, and 4 sf for standards... you can have a nice mix, and get a middling number between the 24 and 32...

  4. ForestOwl

    ForestOwl Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 6, 2011
    Thank you that helps ALOT I know ther are a bunch of threads but I am horribleeeee at math!
    NovaAman, I do have a bantm cochin roo who could really use some hen friends... [​IMG]
  5. dacjohns

    dacjohns People Cracker Upper

    Although four square feet might be the rule of thumb I would try to visualize 24 chickens in a 9' X 16' space. Personally, I would go with fewer chickens. It could get pretty crowded.

    Add in the run and I would be OK with 24 chickens in the coop and run combined?

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