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I am building a coop and need to know how many hens I can put into it (5 messages)
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RALPHS
Score: 14
I am building a chicken coop that is 15'x 11'x 8' with a run that is 15' x 11' x 8'. How many chickens can I fit into it? And how big do there nest have to be? And do I need to have holding pens for any new baby chickens? And can I Mix Match Breeds of chickens?
6/20/2013 12:46 PM report abuse

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If the coop is 15x11 you can fit up to 55 chickens total. I would suggest 45-50 at most so they have a little extra space. You'll want 1 nest per 5 hens. For smaller breeds 8"x12" and 24"H x 14"D with a 10" hole for larger breeds. Having holding pens for the young chicks would be a good idea to add. It will be more convenient and easier on the birds when combining them with the flock. Yes, you can mix the different breeds in your order.
6/20/2013 2:05 PM report abuse
NANCYD
Score: 13
The general rule of thumb is that chickens need at least 3 sq. ft. of floor area per bird. But remember, much of the coop floor will be taken up by feeders, waterers, nest boxes, etc. So don't forget to take the "lost" area into account.
7/24/2013 1:51 PM report abuse
BRANDIG
Score: 1
So if I am housing 15 chickens how big will the coop need to be? And how big will the run attached to it be? And for 15 hens you would need 3 nesting boxes?
7/1/2014 10:40 AM report abuse
RUSSELL6
Score: 0
I have a covered run that is enclosed and have a coop under the same roof. Can I count the square feet of the whole area (300sf) or just the enclosed coop (32sf) Most of my flock roost outside in the run, but go inside to the nesting boxes to lay the eggs. I am going to order more chicks soon. I have had no problems for a few years with 20 birds, but am going to bring in more some for eggs andsome for meat.
1/16/2015 10:31 AM report abuse