Chicken Coop Space Calculator

Please note that you should use this information as a guide only.

Are you thinking of keeping chickens and are struggling to figure out how much space you need for a chicken coop? You can use our calculator to calculate how much chicken coop space you may need here.

Chicken Coop Space Calculator

Calculate chicken coop space

There's a simple formula to calculate how much chicken coop space you will need.

  • For 12 free range, heavy breed hens:
    • 4 sq. ft. per chicken x 12 chickens = 48 sq. ft. of pen
  • For 10 penned light breed hens:
    • 7.5 sq. ft. per chicken x 10 chickens = 75 sq. ft. of pen
  • For 10 bantam hens:
    • 5 sq. ft. per chicken x 10 chickens = 50 sq. ft. of pen

Use our calculator to calculate a recommended coop size for your chickens, based on chicken type, pen style and the number of chickens in your pen.

Please note that you should use this information as a guide only.

Chicken Coop Calculator

Pen style


Chicken type

How many chickens?


Total recommended pen square foot

Chicken Breed Size Guide

Heavy Breed

Heavy Breed

Heavy breeds tend to be bigger than the light ones as they are bred potentially for eating purposes, while the lighter breeds are developed as pure layers. Typical heavy breeds eat more than light breeds and are less likely to fly.

Light Breed

Light Breed

Typical light breeds are easily spooked so can be more awkward to handle than the traditionally more docile heavy breeds. Light breeds also tend to eat less in comparison to heavy breeds.

Bantam

Bantam

Bantams are smaller versions of certain large fowl, usually only a quarter of their size. Bantams are primarily for ornamental and aesthetic purposes, but are perfect for those with smaller gardens and space available for poultry.

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