Ethical Chicken Keeping

When shopping for a chicken coop, one of the most important questions you can ask is, “How many chickens will this coop house?”  The answer to that question is a little more complicated. You’ll want to take into consideration a number of factors, from the size and personalities of your chickens to the climate you live in and whether or not your chickens will be able to free range in a large space every day.

Overcrowding chickens in their living space can cause stress and lead to health and behavioral issues; at SummerHawk Ranch, this is not the quality of life we want for our pets or yours. Unfortunately, most coop manufacturers considerably overstate the number of hens their coops will comfortably hold.

The Formula

Most manufacturers fall short in the pen, where each chicken needs at LEAST 10 square feet. When doing your research, you can use the following formula to calculate how many chickens will actually fit in a particular pen:

Coop Pen Length in inches x Coop Pen Width in inches (not including the nesting box dimensions)

Divide total by 144 to get square feet

Divide that total by 10 to see the maximum number of chickens that will responsibly fit in that pen.

Or, try our Coop Calculator to quickly and easily compare coops and pens: