Try to plan at least 10 square feet of outdoor space per chicken. But in reality, the more space you can provide, the happier your chickens will be. In addition to outdoor space, your chicken coop should have sleeping bars preferably at least eight to 12 inches per bird so that they can sleep comfortably at night. What size should your chicken coop be? A chicken coop should measure 2.5 to 4 square feet per chicken for chickens that have a large stroke, and 5 to 10 square feet per chicken for chickens that have a small stroke.
Use caution when including an outdoor race in the square foot requirements for a co-op. This is especially true if your outdoor career isn't covered with a roof. Chickens often refuse to go out when it rains a lot or when the ground is covered with snow. The outdoor race should be considered an advantage rather than as part of the main area of the cooperative.
My chicken coop is 7′ × 7′ × 6′ tall My career is 12ft long x 12ft tall During the end of spring, summer and fall — they will spend in the yard. The space you can dedicate to a chicken coop will tell you how many chickens you can have in your flock. Standard-sized chickens can use a small chicken coop to sleep at night, but it doesn't give them much room to move around during the day. This means that you will need a 6ft x 6ft open chicken coop area for the 12 hens, in addition to the area needed for your furniture.
I hope this gives you some of the basics for building a chicken coop and running outdoors that will keep your birds healthy and injury-free. The minimum rule of thumb is about 2 to 3 square feet per chicken inside the chicken coop and 8 to 10 square feet per chicken on an outside leg. This will prevent aggression in the chicken coop and ensure that the most fearful chickens can eat and drink. When chickens are locked up for longer periods of time, the space per chicken should be increased.
These girls live in two 4'x4' chicken coops because there are also two roosters in the herd, who can't live together. Here are some case studies that highlight 3 unique situations and the recommended size of the cooperative for each situation. Chickens need a place to sleep at night, so you'll want to make sure your chicken coop has adequate sleeping space for each bird. When you break the windows of your chicken coop, this is an open invitation to predators, so make sure they're covered with wire mesh to keep those losers out.
Factors that influence the best chicken coop size include chicken breeds, the number of chickens in the flock, community or HOA guidelines, and the size of your property. As you can see, it's very important to maintain a healthy flock size relative to the space available inside your chicken coop. I prepared this video presentation to show you exactly what to consider when buying or building your first chicken coop. Also, if you're going to put a lot of birds in a small chicken coop, you'll definitely need to increase the amount of ventilation in that chicken coop.
There will be no problem this year, as a dozen new chicks will call the big cooperative home soon.