How big of a chicken coop do I need for 6 chickens?

Asked By: Brady Janick | Last Updated: 27th January, 2020
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The actual chicken coop needs to be at least 3 square foot per chicken. So following on with our example of six chickens, the coop needs to be at least 18 square foot.

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Subsequently, one may also ask, how many chickens can you put in a 4x8 coop?

Some sources say 3 to 4 sq. ft. per chicken, which would equal 10-11 chickens in a 4x8 coop. However, I've seen several different websites advertising their 4x8 chicken coops can house 15-20 chickens.

Also Know, how big of a chicken coop do you need for 10 chickens? 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 in an outside run. More square footage is better. Skimping on space requirements for a flock of chickens can cause stress, cannibalism, pecking, and sometimes even death.

Also know, how big of a chicken coop do I need for 4 chickens?

So for 4 chickens that free range, you only need a coop/run area that measures about: 4 by 4 feet (16 square ft). But it is always best to give them as much space as you can. For chickens that will be inside the run all the time (never free ranging), you need to bump that number up to 10 square feet per bird.

How many chickens will a 4x6 Coop hold?

6 chickens

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Can chickens stay in the coop all day?

"Coop" is generally used to refer to the shelter, often solid walled, that chickens roost in at night. "Run" is used to refer to the pen that chickens are sometimes kept in during the day when people don't want to let them free range. There's another housing option called the chicken tractor.

Do chickens prefer round or square roosts?

Actually flat works better for them. When they relax and sleep their feet lay flat, they don't grip like other birds. They can sleep on a round roost but given the choice they'll go for flat.

Will chickens ruin grass?

A small flock of backyard chickens love to eat grass, but it's impossible for them to eat an entire yard of it. What destroys grass is the high nitrogen content in fresh chicken poop. The solution to pollution is dilution: Consider diluting your chickens with an abundance of space to avoid toxic buildup of waste.

Do chicken coops need ventilation?

Why Coops Need Ventilation
Chickens generate lots of water vapor, from both their breath and droppings, and all this water vapor tends to make coop air humid. Chickens do best in temperatures below 75°F and really start to suffer above 90°F, so ventilation is needed to keep the coop at least as cool as the outside air.

How tall should the inside of a chicken coop be?


If you have the room, money etc, make it 3 feet. The place where the height matters the most is above the roosts. If you want the roost high enough that the chickens can easily walk under them, they should be 12-18 inches off the floor, and then they need another 12-18 inches of headroom.

Does my chicken run need to be covered?

Yes cover the run. The chicks will eventually be able to fly over the fence and four foot high is plenty high enough. The main problem you will run into is hawks and other predators getting your chicks. You get so attached to these little fellas and it will brake your heart if something happens to them.

What are the four major meat cuts for chickens?

A chicken can either be used as a whole bird or be divided into four different cuts – the drumstick, wing, thigh and breast. Let's look at each one of these different cuts and what they are commonly used for.

How much space does a chick need?

Baby chicks need a house that is clean, warm and dry. Chicks need 0.8 – 1.0 square feet of floor space per chick during the first 6 weeks of age. Ducklings, goslings and turkey poults will require more space due to their larger size.

How many chickens do you need to get a dozen eggs a week?

Often you'll get 7 per week from an individual star performer, but if you average it over a small flock it's more like 5-6. So, if you wanted a dozen eggs per week, you should start with at least three good chickens.

What should I put on the floor of my chicken coop?


Wood shavings and straw are both great beddings for chicken coops and I personally love the smell of clean shavings in a warm coop, but when used as a flooring in an uncovered run, wood shavings and straw can become soggy and work into the ground fairly quickly making the run difficult to clean; that's if they don't

What bedding is best for chickens?

Wood shavings are a really good option for chicken coop bedding. You absolutely need pine wood shavings, and not cedar shavings (cedar oils and scent can be toxic to chickens). Go for large flake wood shavings, over fine shavings (too dusty) and don't use sawdust (way too dusty and damp).

What time do chickens go in the coop?

In the Brooder
We usually 'shoo' them in around 8 or 9 PM in the winter.last summer we were making them go to bed around 10PM. We lock them in the run, and if they don't go into the coop to sleep, oh, well. They are in a very safe run/coop.

How many acres do you need for free range chickens?

Twenty adult chickens produce about a ton of manure per year. Thus, an acre of grass sod can absorb up to the output of 80 chickens. An acre has 43,560 square feet, so your lovely grass yard needs to be at least 545 square feet per chicken, or a square 23 feet on a side. And that's just for one chicken!

Can you have just one chicken?


A single chicken will not thrive in a solitary existence. Like other social birds, chickens like to eat and forage, roost and dust-bathe together. Unlike most other birds, they will lay eggs in common nests and often raise chicks communally. If you can't keep more than one chicken, you should consider another pet.

How do you predator proof a chicken coop?

Here are some ideas to consider to keep your chickens safe.
  1. Avoid chicken wire. Surprisingly, chicken wire was designed to keep chickens in but not predators out.
  2. Consider diggers.
  3. Put a roof on it.
  4. Batten down the hatches.
  5. Use quality locks.
  6. Consider a rooster.
  7. Install motion activated lights.
  8. Electrify it.

How much does it cost to feed a chicken per month?

How much does it cost to feed a chicken per month? On average, it costs $0.15 to feed your chickens per day, with organic feed costing at around $0.60 per pound. For a flock of 5 chickens, you will likely spend less than $30 a month, if you feed a 16% layer feed found at local farm stores.