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Frequently Asked Questions

How much space do my chickens need?

Giving your chickens plenty of room is important because it helps prevent disease, pecking and other problems. The amount of space they'll need depends on the size of your chickens.

For heavy breeds, like Barred Rocks or Buff Orpingtons, if your chickens are only confined to the coop at night and allowed to forage during the day, we recommend using a coop that provides at least 4 square feet per bird. A 6 foot by 8 foot coop would provide 48 square feet, which is ample space for 12 birds. For heavy breeds that are confined to a coop or a coop with a run, we recommend that you provide at least 10 square feet per bird.

For light breeds, like the Pearl White Leghorn, if the birds are allowed outside to forage during the day, we recommend providing at least 3 square feet per bird for the coop in which they are housed at night. A 6 foot by 8 foot coop (48 square feet) would provide housing for up to 16 birds. If your chickens are confined to the coop or coop and run, we recommend providing at least 7 1/2 square feet per bird.

Bantams are smaller than standard breeds and require less space. This is one reason they are popular in backyard flocks. If your bantams are able to forage outside the coop during the day, we recommend at least 2 square feet per bird. A 4 foot by 4 foot coop would provide space for 8 bantams. If you keep them confined to the coop or a coop and run, we recommend giving them at least 5 square feet per bird.