3 square feet per chicken x 12 chickens = 36 sq feet of open chicken room. This means that you will need a **6 foot x 6 foot** open coop area for the 12 chickens, plus the area needed for their furniture. Personally, I’d build a 8 foot x 10 foot coop to comfortably accommodate everything.

**How much does it cost to build a chicken coop for 12 chickens?**

Cost to Build Chicken Coop

Chicken Coop Costs | |
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National average cost | $650 |

Average range | $200-$2,500 |

Low-end | $100 |

High-end | $4,000 |

**What size coop do I need for 13 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.

**What size chicken coop do I need for 10 hens?**

A good rule of thumb for larger breeds would be 10 square feet per bird if you combine indoor and outdoor space. If you are going with 10 large hens for your chicken coop, you should buy or build a coop that has **40 square feet in the interior and an outdoor run with 60 square feet of outdoor space**.

## How many chickens can fit in a 6×6 coop?

Dutch Style 6×6 Chicken Coop (**up to 20 chickens**)

## How many chickens can fit in a 8×10 coop?

8×10 Super Coop

This model is the perfect chicken coop for **40-45 chickens**.

## Is it cheaper to buy or build a chicken coop?

**Building a coop is usually cheaper than buying one**. But here’s the catch: constructing an abode for your flock takes know-how, tools, and time. If you don’t have these, then it makes more sense to buy — and there are many nice chicken coops for sale out there.

## How many chickens do you need for a family of 4?

So, normally **4-6 chickens** should be plenty for a family of four – 3 to 5 per week. Bear in mind that you won’t use all the eggs every week, so 3 to 5 really does work out quite well. The quality and quantity of eggs all depends on the diet of the chickens.

## Why are chicken coops raised off the ground?

Not all chicken coops need to be off the ground, but there are many benefits to having an elevated coop, including the prevention of high moisture in the coop (particularly in areas with run-off or flooding), protection from burrowing predators and rodents, extension of the size of the run, and shelter in the run from …

## How big should a coop be for 15 chickens?

15 Chickens: **30-60 square feet**.

## How many chickens can fit in a 5×6 coop?

This 5×6 foot coop complete with a run is designed for **12-15 chickens** and is a popular favorite with homeowners in the suburbs or city limits. It contains 6 nest boxes and comes with slider windows with screens and vinyl coated metal mesh.

## How many chickens can I have in a 8×8 coop?

Houses **up to 32 chickens**.

## How many laying boxes do I need for 10 chickens?

As per the chicken boxes and the numbers of birds, you can have at least 3 coops for ten hens. If you have more than ten chickens then go for **four boxes** which are enough for the entire flock. These boxes will help the chicken be comfortable and lay their eggs in peace.

## How many chickens can I keep in a 4×8 coop?

Thus, a 4′ by 8′ coop would be adequate for **about 8 birds**. If you keep your chickens confined to the coop at all times, then you should provide 10 square feet per bird.

## How many chickens can fit in a 6×8 coop?

Our 6′ x 8′ Quaker Combo Coop & Run Specs at a Glance: Estimated space for **12 to 15 chickens**.

## How big should a coop be for 20 chickens?

As we mention in our Chicken Coop Buyer’s Guide, you need somewhere between 2 and 4 square feet per standard size chicken in order for them to live comfortable, healthy and happy lives. So, your coop needs the following amount of square feet: 20 Chickens: **40-80 square feet**. 25 Chickens: 50-100 square feet.

## How many chickens can fit in a 5×8 coop?

This large 5′ X 8′ Chicken Coop can hold **10-20** chickens.

## How many chickens can fit in a 4×6 coop?

Cottage Style 4×6 Chicken Coop (**up to 15 chickens**)

## How many nesting boxes do I need for 15 chickens?

A flock of 15 chickens should get by with **4 nesting boxes**. They like to follow each other.

## How many nesting boxes do I need for 20 chickens?

How Many Hens per Nesting Box? Most chicken experts recommend an average of **one nesting space per five birds**. Others say no more than one nest per 3-4 birds, which is more in keeping with the Five Freedoms guidance that promotes proper animal welfare.

## How many chickens can fit in a 4×5 coop?

Our 4′ x 5′ Lean To Coop Specs at a Glance: Estimated space for **8 to 10 chickens**.

## How close should a chicken coop be to a house?

Typically such laws will specify that chickens must be housed some distance from residences, **as few as 10 feet or as many as 150 feet**. Requirements also vary depending on whether the home in question is that of the chickens’ owner or of a neighbor.

## How much room do I need for 6 chickens?

The Best Large Chicken Coop

In terms of roaming, each chicken, at a minimum, will require 15 square feet. So if you have 6 chickens, you will need around **90 square feet** (6×15).

## How many chickens do you need to raise for eggs?

Chickens are sociable creatures, so plan to keep **three to six birds**. With this amount, you’ll always have a steady supply of eggs, since an adult hen lays about two eggs every three days, on average.

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

On average you need **3 to 4 hens** for a dozen eggs a week. This is because most hens lay around 5 eggs per week, give or take, once they reach laying age.

## How many chickens do I need for a small backyard?

How Many Chickens Should I Get? Chickens are social birds and they do not fare well on their own, so you should have a minimum of two. As a very loose rule of thumb, **two to three hens per family member should cover your egg needs, or four if your family really loves eggs or plans to give eggs away occasionally**.

## How many chickens should you start with?

Chickens are extremely flock-oriented, so a good starter flock size is **no fewer than three chickens**. You should collect about a dozen eggs from three laying hens. A flock of five or six hens is a good choice for slightly larger families.

## Should a chicken coop be in the sun or shade?

The reason **most chicken coops should be built in the shade**, if possible, is because chickens tend to really struggle with the heat. A cool coop in the summer is, in most cases, more important than a warm coop in the winter.

## Do chickens need a ramp?

Do Chickens Need a Ramp? **Chickens will need a ramp for access to the chicken coop if their chicken pop hole door is higher than ~18-24 inches above the ground** (12 inches for fluffy breeds, like Silkies). If a coop has a very large pop hole door, chickens may be able to access the door at 24 inches.

## What time should I let chickens out in the morning?

Morning Chicken Keeping Routine

What is this? Normally **around sunrise** is best, but if your work schedule dictates that you leave before sunup, as long as your run is predator-proofed, you can open the coop door and the chickens will come out on their own when it gets light out.

## Is a 4 foot fence tall enough for chickens?

A 4-foot fence is **not enough for most breeds of chickens** as they will easily, without any assistance fly over it. A 4-foot chicken fence will be enough if the chicken run is covered on top with a roof or bird netting. It might also be enough for chickens if their wings are clipped.

## How many chickens fit in a 10×10 coop?

If they only sleep in the coop and can free range during the day or have a run, **maximum of 25birds** (For sleeping, each large fowl chicken needs a MINIMUM of four square feet. ) If they live in the coop the maximum you should have is ten.

## How high can chickens fly?

Depending on the breed, chickens will reach heights of about **10 feet** and can span distances of just forty or fifty feet. The longest recorded flight of a modern chicken lasted 13 seconds for a distance of just over three hundred feet.

## Do chickens need to free range?

**Backyard chickens don’t need to free range to be happy, healthy and productive**. There are plenty of situations in which free ranging isn’t practical. Predators, limited space or intolerant landscaping are all good reasons to keep the birds in their enclosed run.

## How many chickens can a family of 5 have?

How Many Chickens For a Family To Supply Eggs And Meat?

Family size | Number of chickens | Eggs per week |
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2 | 3 | 15-18 |

3 | 4 | 20-24 |

4 | 6 | 30-36 |

5 | 7 | 35-42 |

## How many nesting boxes do you need for 8 chickens?

Usually, **one nest box for every 4-5 hens** is enough. It is not uncommon for all the hens to lay in one or two favorite nesting boxes, even when you’ve provided many other nesting options! These elevated nest boxes work well for this flock.

## How deep should a chicken nesting box be?

A standard nest box for regular chickens such as Leghorns, Sussex, Plymouth Rocks, and hybrid layers needs to be a **12-inch** cube, 12 inches tall, wide and deep. This will fit the average hen quite nicely. Larger birds such as Jersey Giants will need 12 inches deep, 14 inches wide, and 12 inches tall.

## Do chickens need a ramp to their nesting boxes?

For a few of our models, **ramps are sometimes necessary to access roost space or bars**. This is particularly true for bantam-sized birds as well as larger/heavier breeds. More often than not, regular-sized birds do just fine jumping on and off roost bars without a ramp.

## How far off the ground should nesting boxes be?

Nesting boxes can be purchased. Nests should be **18 to 20 inches** off he ground. See the book Guide to Raising Chickens for many more answers to your poultry questions.

## Can you have too many nesting boxes?

You need about 1 nesting box per 5 hens. Less than this and you might get some territorial issues. **If you have more than this, the chickens will more than likely start using the boxes to roost and sleep in**. If this happens, the boxes get dirty very quickly because chickens poop where they sleep.

## How much space do 11 chickens need?

Try to plan for **at least 10 square feet of outdoor space per chicken**. But really, the more space you can provide, the happier your chickens will be. In addition to outdoor space, your coop should have roosting bars—preferably at least eight to 12 inches per bird—so they can sleep comfortably at night.

## How many chickens can you have in a small coop?

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 big of a coop do I need for 30 chickens?

You need an **8’x12′ to 10’x12′** sized coop for 30 chickens. Since you need anywhere from 90 to 120 square feet per bird in the hen house, that means that an 8’x12′ coop would work on the small end, and upwards of 10’x12′ would be best on the higher end for a flock of 30 chickens.