This is why we have min space requirement confusion.

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by LoneCowboy, Feb 16, 2008.

  1. LoneCowboy

    LoneCowboy Songster

    Aug 26, 2007
    Longmont, CO
    I got my Meyer catalog today and in 2 places that I saw, they say that you have to figure on 1-1.5 sq feet per mature bird. This is why there is so much confusion. :mad: It's not 1.5 square feet per bird. It's not even that for Bantams. Gee they take more room than that in my freezer. [​IMG] People, be good to your birds, give them 4 sq. ft per bird.
  2. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    Amen! Thank you, Deniece! Commercial factory farms cram them in spaces that tight. We certainly don't want our birds living like that.
  3. geoaware

    geoaware Songster

    Dec 3, 2007
    Southern Maine
    Our girls have about an acre a bird! Maybe its time for us to get some more!

    Actually, they used to free range but a neighbors dog visiting and attacking has meant they now live in a fenced area of about 100 square feet.
  4. LoneCowboy

    LoneCowboy Songster

    Aug 26, 2007
    Longmont, CO
    Well, that's not outside space anyway. It's inside coop floor space.
  5. MiaPia

    MiaPia In the Brooder

    Jan 30, 2008
    Nashville, TN
    So is 4 sq ft per bird the *minimum* or the ideal? We're building our coop - it will be 32 sq ft - and we are trying to figure out how many birds we can comfortably fit in there. We will start small with 3 or 4, but I'm hoping it will be big enough to eventually fit 6 or even 8?

    I definitely want them to be happy though. I'll have fewer chickens if it means they will be happier!
  6. kstaven

    kstaven Crowing

    Jan 26, 2007
    BC, Washington Border
    You can do 8 in your coop without issue mia.
  7. MiaPia

    MiaPia In the Brooder

    Jan 30, 2008
    Nashville, TN
    Quote:Thank you!
  8. Churkenduse

    Churkenduse Songster

    Jan 1, 2008
    I am way over the allowance, My girls cuddle in one corner leave tons of space, what a waste of space.. [​IMG]
  9. Cheryl

    Cheryl Songster

    My coop is 4 x 6, I have 5 girls, and they all pile into one nest box at night to sleep!!! They hang out on the roost during the day, go figure! Oh, and they will be 22 weeks on tuesday, when exactly will they start laying?!!!
  10. Farmer Kitty

    Farmer Kitty Flock Mistress

    Sep 18, 2007
    Quote:Exactly-who knows! They will lay in their own good time. [​IMG]

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