Will this be big enough?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by nuttyredhead, May 19, 2010.

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I have 12 chicks. We are building a coop that is 8ft wide by 16ft long. Will this be big enough? They will also have a 8ft x 24ft run (fenced, covered attached to the coop.). Will this be big enough?

2. teach1ruslLove My Chickens

Oh yes...they will be very happy with all of that space!!

3. midget_farmsSongster

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2 to 3 sq ft per bird is the minimum.

8x16 (length x width) = 128 sq ft

128 / 12 birds = 10.6 sq ft per bird.

I'd say you could keep two to three times as many birds in an 8 x 16 - if not more!

Last edited: May 19, 2010
4. FiveHensSongster

Apr 7, 2010
Yes! The formula I've hear is 4 square feet of space per chicken in the coop, 10 in the run.
So, you have room for 32 chickens in the coop

Only 19 in the run. Well, a chicken with more space is a happier chicken! Besides, you have room for growth.