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What is the proper size for a chicken coop??

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Kenyon's Poultry, Jan 6, 2010.

  1. Kenyon's Poultry

    Kenyon's Poultry In the Brooder

    Jan 6, 2010
    Steuben County
    This is for ecleased 50 chickens !! I forgot to add that 25 of the Chickens will we white rock hens and the other 25 will be single comb brown leghorns.they will have a devider in the middel.
    As for the Turkey they will be Giant whites???
    And what is the size for ecleased 15 Turkey for there coop??? [​IMG]
    Last edited: Jan 7, 2010

  2. chickendude

    chickendude Songster

    Jun 4, 2009
    Dutchess County NY
    3-4 square feet per chicken.... so 50 birdsx3sq feet= 150 sq feet of coop space (minimum) I would go closer to 200 sq feet of coop space.
  3. chickendude

    chickendude Songster

    Jun 4, 2009
    Dutchess County NY
    Also welcome from a fellow NY'r.
  4. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    There is no one proper size.

    Different people have very different opinions on this topic because of climate differences, chicken personality differences, differences in what you are trying to achieve with your chickens, and differences in what you consider ok living conditions for chickens.

    A reasonably comfy coop in most circumstances would be like 4 sq ft per chicken indoor and 8-10 sq ft per chicken in the run (or free range); but not everyone fits into these "most circumstances".

    Basically, if it works for you, then it's the proper size; if it doesn't, it wasn't [​IMG]

    Good luck, have fun,

    Pat, back in town and finally with the computer fixed (I think)
  5. 4-6 square feet of floor space for each individual large fowl bird. Less is needed if they are allowed out of the coop for a significant amount of time. 3-4 square feet for bantams.
  6. gsim

    gsim Songster

    Jun 18, 2009
    East Tennessee
    Have read on here not to house turkeys with chickens. Do not build small or you are likely to regret it according to so many posts on this forum. I never yet read one post that complained of having too large of a coop. [​IMG] Same holds true for run sizes.
    Last edited: Jan 7, 2010

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