What is the pragmatic space per hen in the coop, please?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by kevinhannan, Sep 14, 2011.

  1. kevinhannan

    kevinhannan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I hope I don't upset people by this question, but I am curious to know...

    I have seen various 'coop-floor sizes per hen' stated in different places on the 'net
    but when I see my girls, they are all usually near each other, especially at night.
    They seem to naturally occupy less space than what I have seen stated.

    Now, I don't want to cram my girls in - and I want to thank them for their ex-battery cage
    status in their earlier life - but I do want to make maximum use out of the space I want
    to give them.

    I can give them a more than ideal outside space (per hen), but what is the pragmatic
    space per hen in the coop, where they seem only to be to feed and sleep?

    Thanks for reading me and your time to reply.
     
  2. CupOJoe42

    CupOJoe42 CT Chicken Whisperer

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    The minimum recommended space is as follows, at least from what I've read or been told:

    In the coop: 4 square feet per bird

    In the run: 10 square feet per bird

    In the brooder: start with 1/2 square foot per bird, increase to 3 square feet per bird in 4 weeks)

    Roost space: 1 foot per bird

    Ventilation: 1 square foot of ventilation per bird, or 1 square foot of ventilation per 10 square foot of floor area

    1 nest box for every 4-5 birds (inches):
    Leghorn size: 12w x 14h x 12d
    Heavy breed size: 14w x 14h x 12d
    Bantam size: 10w x 12h x 10d

    Allow 4" of feeder space per chick
     
  3. kevinhannan

    kevinhannan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks DobiesLady1,
    I have saved the page for my future ref.

    Thanks again for your kindness and time to reply ;-)
     
  4. JackE

    JackE Overrun With Chickens

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    Depending on where you live. In the winter, the birds may be spending alot of time in their coop. Chickens can get cranky and start bullying and pecking each other, if the are kept in too tight a space. That's why you want as much floorspace for them as you can provide. Dobieslady1 gave some good numbers to follow.
    Jack
     
  5. kevinhannan

    kevinhannan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi Jack ;-)

    Yes, thanks for the heads-up on the girls needing space -
    I want to give them as much luxury as I can while allowing
    them to behave the way they should with minimum stress
    from me or the other birds.

    My current plan is a 144-sq-foot coop (12'x12') which should
    house 36 girls, but I'm going for 20 - there's only so many eggs
    I can juggle in a day! ;-)

    Thanks for popping in, Jack!

    e2a:
    Wow! Just checked out your coop! What a palace!
     
    Last edited: Sep 14, 2011

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