Square footage

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by eenie114, Jun 11, 2010.

  1. eenie114

    eenie114 Completly Hopeless

    A very simple question that maybe I should know the answer to... but would a 8x12 coop be big enough for.... say, 40 chickens? If 5 or so are bantams?
    Thanks! (They are free-range)
  2. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    8x12 = 96 sq ft, divided by 40 chickens = 2.4 sq ft per chicken.

    Rather tight, I wouldn't do it myself, but if you live somewhere that has a beautiful climate year-round and they will truly spend all day every day *all year* outside it should have a reasonable chance of being ok.

    Good luck, have fun,

  3. Cowgirl71

    Cowgirl71 Songster

    Feb 5, 2010
    Missouri Ozarks
    That sounds kinda tight... Myself, I aim for a minimum of 3.5' square/per bird, preferably 4'. The more room you give them the healthier and happier they'll be, and the less you'll have to clean the coop! [​IMG] If you're mixing standard-size birds with bantams, I'd be inclined to give them plenty of room so that the bantams won't be bullied and picked on...
  4. eenie114

    eenie114 Completly Hopeless

    Hmm.. OK then. Mom will just have to have less space for her milking stanchion. [​IMG] We are building a shed that is half milking parlor, half coop. So, would 8x16 work?
  5. Morgan7782

    Morgan7782 Dense Egg Goo

    Mar 22, 2010
    Sacramento CA
    8 x 16 = 128 128 square feet you can fit 32 chickens, give or take one or two if they are bantams I believe.
  6. Cowgirl71

    Cowgirl71 Songster

    Feb 5, 2010
    Missouri Ozarks
    Quote:Are you planning to get dairy cow(s) or goat(s)? I have three milk cows, and one recommendation I'd make is to have plenty of space in that area too. You're going to be spending a fair percentage of your day in their, so you'll want it to be roomy. Besides, you probably wanna keep your Mom happy right? [​IMG]
    One thing you MAY consider is to just make it 8 x 12, have only 24-27 chickens or so, and then later build another coop or add on to the one you have. You'll find a million and half uses for keeping multiple flocks. Separating age groups, breeder flocks, quarantine, a broody with chicks, extra roosters, the list goes on and on! Also, if these are your first chickens, I'd recommend starting small. When I got started with chickens, I got too many too fast, and then lost many of them to beginner mistakes. Just my two cents worth. [​IMG]

    ETA: I'm dying to know what breeds you've chosen to get!
    Last edited: Jun 11, 2010

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