Sq ft per bird

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

  1. mrsgibber

    mrsgibber Songster

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    I have 16 square feet in my coop. That means I can have a max of 8 birds right? One of them is a very, very small Antwerp Quail by the way. I also have three next boxes, three roosts and a very large run.

    thx
     
  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    A guideline is 4 sq feet inside per bird. With banties, probably can do 3 sq feet.
     
  3. Ms~Silkie~Girl

    Ms~Silkie~Girl Songster

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    i'd say that 8 birds sounds pretty good but you might be able to get away with 9
     
  4. mrsgibber

    mrsgibber Songster

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    ok, i'd max out at 8 with one of them being the tiny bantie. They aren't inside much anyway and I plan to build them an extension for winter when they will have to be in more often.

    Thanks for your answers. [​IMG]
     
  5. RendonRoo

    RendonRoo Songster

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    Eight birds need 32 sq. ft. Banties usually count as half a bird. You might get by with 8 but only if they go outside every day. The 4 sq. ft. per bird is considered minimum when cooped up. Cold winters may not allow them to go out on some days. Good Luck
     

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