- Apr 16, 2017
Do silkies require less space because they are small? Just curious. I've read 3 square feet per chicken for regular birds, and 2 sq ft for bantams? I won't be maxing out my coop either way, but just wondering!
Do they JUST roost in this coop or have to stay inside it a lot with food and water, nesting box etc?? Like snowed in at times etc. See mine only roost---no feed, no water and no nesting boxes and no snowed in. As soon as it starts breaking day mine are let out in the run, etc. My coops are well vented and they have roost poles like steps. Mine is tall and my chickens do GOOD with less than 1sgft for roosting. That's Less than "one" square foot of floor space---I do not pay any attention to what the "book" says, I been raising chickens for more than 50 years and Mine Do Great with less than 1sqft of floor space using step roost!! A 50sqft coop will easily hold 75 to 80 on those roost poles. Now I would Not try that if the coop was 3ft tall and the chickens had no way to get away from each other, was not vented good and For SURE NOT if they stayed in it a lot.Do silkies require less space because they are small? Just curious. I've read 3 square feet per chicken for regular birds, and 2 sq ft for bantams? I won't be maxing out my coop either way, but just wondering!
Silkies can't really fly, so won't be able to roost, Mary
My concern with this is a lot of people hear all this sqft per chicken Bible Stuff and get worried/upset because they got 1 chicken to many or do not even get chickens because of the cost to build a big coop for a dozen or two chickens that they want to Only Roost in the coop---feed and water under or outside. They are told they need 3 to 4sft inside, but the person telling them this does not go into details about if the chickens live in the coop or just roost in the coop. I have had 90 chickens roosting ONLY in a 56 sgft coop with step roost poles---following the sgft rule some state I should have 288 to 360 sqft--imagine I got to have a building 12x24 or 12x30 just for my 90 chickens to go in and roost at dark--no feed or water or nesting boxes in mine----LOL. My 90 did good in my 7x8ft well vented coop with extra space if I wanted to add a few more. I have roosted up to 8 hens for a long time in a modified $60 plastic dog house from Lowes with never a problem. I feel this Bible for coop size needs to be re-written with new recommendations on sqf footage for "Roost Only" coops for the people that rarely ever see any snow--that never has to lock their chickens in for a long time. Its Crazy.Yeah, I don't subscribe to sqft per bird in coop either. It's a management system that matters. If it works then it works. Our birds are healthy and very happy with near free range areas for "runs" and roosting space in coop with external mounted nesting boxes. Feed and water under coop.
I don't understand this constant debate. Its such a common question and there seem to be two camps. One, cram as many birds into as little space as possible. The other, give them as much space as possible to keep them happy.