What size run should I have for my chickens? Chicken manure & gargen?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Jayon, Jan 16, 2009.

  1. Jayon

    Jayon Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 2, 2008
    Is there a size recommendation for runs as there is for coops?

    Also I was considering this Spring putting my coop in between my garden and alternating the run and garden each year. I am concerned that 20 chickens in the run (Garden cut in half) might make the soil way hot the next year when it is the garden.

    Has anyone had experience with too much chicken manure?
  2. B. Saffles Farms

    B. Saffles Farms Mr. Yappy Chickenizer

    Nov 23, 2008
    Madisonville, TN
    Run size should be between 8 and 10 sq ft per bird.
  3. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    At LEAST 8-10 sq ft per chicken. More is always better.

    As long as you will leave the run sit for some months (at least) before planting, I do not expect you will have a problem with too 'hot', although you might potentially end up with more nitrogen than some crops like (depending on your #chickens, soil, etc). You will however find the soil somewhat compacted if you ahve a high density of chickens so you may want to fork it over or whatever, to encourage it to fluff back out, a month or more before planting.

    Good luck, have fun,

  4. blueseal

    blueseal Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 3, 2008
    i have a12x12 run for 15 standards.it has a roof on it for the winter time and i alsohave a 200square ft 6 ft tall fenced run for summer time and they do just fine.

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