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How Many Chickens?

How much space does a chicken need inside the chicken coop? How much space does a chicken need in a chicken run?

How big should the chicken coop be? How big should the chicken run be?

How big should my coop be for the number of chickens that I will have? How big should my chicken run be? 

The size of your coop is mostly a personal choice or a matter of data source once you have given your chickens enough space to live a comfortable, healthy life. The calculations provided will ensure that MOST chickens will find their coop adequate or better. We use roosting bar space as a guideline. Six inches being the least amount of roost space for an average to small chicken. 12 inches being perhaps overkill, but it won't hurt and there is room in case more chicken appear in your life. Larger than average chickens need more space than the average bird. Please take note that only average birds are considered in the chart below.

Above all: Please do use your own good judgement since only you know the space requirements of your birds, the space and budget you have available, your future plans and your own preferences.

NOTE: Recommended Space Requirements for Backyard Chickens: Vary widely depending on source and the breed and size of your chickens. We recommend that you narrow down your chicken choice before deciding on a chicken coop and chicken run size.

View the chart below for all the size information for our coops to help you find the best chicken coop for your backyard.

Chicken Coop Space

Chicken Coop Space

1 to 4 sq ft depending on chicken size. If your coop is too large, heat may be required in the winter months.

Average Chicken Size

Average Chicken Size

Varies Greatly - Think of the tiniest dog compared to the largest. The average backyard chickens can weigh less than 1 lb or up to 11 lbs.

Roost Bar Space

Roost Bar Space

9" from average to large chickens, less space for smaller chickens. Chickens tend to like to bunch together.

Chicken Run Space

Chicken Run Space

10 sq ft for large chickens, less for smaller chickens. More is always good!

Table 1
ModelChicken QuantityCoop SpaceCoop Space per ChickenRoost SpaceRoost per ChickenRun SpaceRun per Chicken
050101-48Benecoop™ 48116 sq ft16 sq ft48 in48 in32 sq ft32 sq ft
050101-48Benecoop™ 48216 sq ft8 sq ft48 in24 in32 sq ft16 sq ft
050101-48Benecoop™ 48316 sq ft5.3 sq ft48 in16 in32 sq ft10.7 sq ft
050101-48Benecoop™ 48416 sq ft4 sq ft48 in12 in32 sq ft8 sq ft
050101-48Benecoop™ 48516 sq ft3.2 sq ft48 in9.6 in32 sq ft6.4 sq ft
050101-48Benecoop™ 48616 sq ft2.7 sq ft48 in8 in32 sq ft5.3 sq ft
050101-48Benecoop™ 48716 sq ft2.2 sq ft48 in6.9 in32 sq ft4.6 sq ft
050101-48Benecoop™ 48816 sq ft2 sq ft48 in6 in32 sq ft4 sq ft
050201-46Benecoop™ 46124 sq ft24 sq ft72 in72 in
050201-46Benecoop™ 46224 sq ft12 sq ft72 in36 in
050201-46Benecoop™ 46324 sq ft8 sq ft72 in24 in
050201-46Benecoop™ 46424 sq ft6 sq ft72 in18 in
050201-46Benecoop™ 46524 sq ft4.8 sq ft72 in14.4 in
050201-46Benecoop™ 46624 sq ft4 sq ft72 in12 in
050201-46Benecoop™ 46724 sq ft3.4 sq ft72 in10.3 in
050201-46Benecoop™ 46824 sq ft3 sq ft72 in9 in
050201-46Benecoop™ 46924 sq ft2.6 sq ft72 in8 in
050201-46Benecoop™ 461024 sq ft2.4 sq ft72 in7.2 in
050201-46Benecoop™ 471124 sq ft2.2 sq ft72 in6.5 in
050201-46Benecoop™ 481224 sq ft2 sq ft72 in6 in
050301-44Benecoop™ 44116 sq ft16 sq ft48 in48 in
050301-44Benecoop™ 44216 sq ft8 sq ft48 in24 in
050301-44Benecoop™ 44316 sq ft5.3 sq ft48 in16 in
050301-44Benecoop™ 44416 sq ft4 sq ft48 in12 in
050301-44Benecoop™ 44516 sq ft3.2 sq ft48 in9.6 in
050301-44Benecoop™ 44616 sq ft2.7 sq ft48 in8 in
050301-44Benecoop™ 44716 sq ft2.2 sq ft48 in6.9 in
050301-44Benecoop™ 44816 sq ft2 sq ft48 in6 in
050203-44Benecoop™ 46 + Run124 sq ft24 sq ft72 in72 in32 sq ft32 sq ft
050203-44Benecoop™ 46 + Run224 sq ft12 sq ft72 in36 in32 sq ft16 sq ft
050203-44Benecoop™ 46 + Run324 sq ft8 sq ft72 in24 in32 sq ft10.7 sq ft
050203-44Benecoop™ 46 + Run424 sq ft6 sq ft72 in18 in32 sq ft8 sq ft
050203-44Benecoop™ 46 + Run524 sq ft4.8 sq ft72 in14.4 in32 sq ft6.4 sq ft
050203-44Benecoop™ 46 + Run624 sq ft4 sq ft72 in12 in32 sq ft5.3 sq ft
050203-44Benecoop™ 46 + Run724 sq ft3.4 sq ft72 in10.3 in32 sq ft4.6 sq ft
050203-44Benecoop™ 46 + Run824 sq ft3 sq ft72 in9 in32 sq ft4 sq ft
050203-44Benecoop™ 46 + Run924 sq ft2.6 sq ft72 in8 in32 sq ft3.6 sq ft
050203-44Benecoop™ 46 + Run1024 sq ft2.4 sq ft72 in7.2 in32 sq ft3.2 sq ft
050303-44Benecoop™ 44 + S Run116 sq ft16 sq ft48 in48 in16 sq ft16 sq ft
050303-44Benecoop™ 44 + S Run216 sq ft8 sq ft48 in24 in16 sq ft8 sq ft
050303-44Benecoop™ 44 + S Run316 sq ft5.3 sq ft48 in16 in16 sq ft5.3 sq ft
050303-44Benecoop™ 44 + S Run416 sq ft4 sq ft48 in12 in16 sq ft4 sq ft
050303-44Benecoop™ 44 + S Run516 sq ft3.2 sq ft48 in9.6 in16 sq ft3.2 sq ft
050303-44Benecoop™ 44 + S Run616 sq ft2.7 sq ft48 in8 in16 sq ft2.7 sq ft
050303-44Benecoop™ 44 + S Run716 sq ft2.2 sq ft48 in6.9 in16 sq ft2.2 sq ft
050303-44Benecoop™ 44 + S Run816 sq ft2 sq ft48 in6 in16 sq ft2 sq ft
050304-44Benecoop™ 44 + S Run116 sq ft16 sq ft48 in48 in32 sq ft32 sq ft
050305-44Benecoop™ 44 + L Run216 sq ft8 sq ft48 in24 in32 sq ft16 sq ft
050305-44Benecoop™ 44 + L Run316 sq ft5.3 sq ft48 in16 in32 sq ft10.7 sq ft
050305-44Benecoop™ 44 + L Run416 sq ft4 sq ft48 in12 in32 sq ft8 sq ft
050305-44Benecoop™ 44 + L Run516 sq ft3.2 sq ft48 in9.6 in32 sq ft6.4 sq ft
050305-44Benecoop™ 44 + L Run616 sq ft2.7 sq ft48 in8 in32 sq ft5.3 sq ft
050305-44Benecoop™ 44 + L Run716 sq ft2.2 sq ft48 in6.9 in32 sq ft4.6 sq ft
050305-44Benecoop™ 44 + L Run816 sq ft2 sq ft48 in6 in32 sq ft4 sq ft
050401-44Benecoop™ Starter 48112 sq ft12 sq ft36 in36 in32 sq ft32 sq ft
050401-44Benecoop™ Starter 49212 sq ft6 sq ft36 in18 in32 sq ft16 sq ft
050401-44Benecoop™ Starter 50312 sq ft4 sq ft36 in12 in32 sq ft10.7 sq ft
050401-44Benecoop™ Starter 51412 sq ft3 sq ft36 in9 in32 sq ft8 sq ft
050401-44Benecoop™ Starter 52512 sq ft2 sq ft36 in7.2 in32 sq ft6.4 sq ft