Over crowding

Discussion in 'General Chicken Discussion' started by colingm, Dec 13, 2012.

  1. colingm

    colingm New Member

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    Does any one have an idea on over crowding. My run is big enough with about 8m square per bird but how about the coops how would I know if they are overcrowded for laying and sleeping
     
  2. kaax

    kaax Junior Member

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    I have often seen it recommended that you have at least 4 square feet per chicken, in the coop. You can get by with less if they have enough/lots of room outside during the day ie: free ranging. More is better.
    If they are overcrowded, you might see signs of stress like pecking each other and pulling feathers.

    Kaax
     

  3. colingm

    colingm New Member

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    Great thanks, outside they have loads of space free range, they seem to be ok for sleeping but we just added more girls so I was wondering.