What is the square footage needed per chick - now one week old?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by katejerdan, Nov 10, 2010.

  1. katejerdan

    katejerdan New Egg

    Jun 8, 2008
    Ridgeville, SC 29472
    We are adding to our flock of 70 birds. Have built two additional coops, have fenced off an acre with lawn, brush/pine trees and pasture. Now the question: we have two small coops: one is 4'x6' and the other is 4'x8'. How many 7-day old chicks will each hold? and how long before they would outgrow them....how much time do we have to build a bigger coop?
  2. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    One sq ft apiece is fine at 7 days, but you don't have long before you must increase it, up to the 4 sq ft by somewhere around 12 weeks. I used to have a chart for this but can't find it now. If I put 56 week old chicks in those two coops, I believe I'd want more space for them within 2 or 3 weeks at most.

    Maybe someone else will come along.
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