Saturday, November 15, 2014

How much space do I need for my poultry?

One of the questions I'm asked most frequently is, "How much room do I need to raise poultry?". 

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The amount of space you have for your birds is almost more important than the type of coop. The chart below is an example of the minimum requirements. If you crowd your birds there is likelihood of disease, particularly respiratory infections. Along with that it’s harder to keep the pens and birds clean if you have a small coop.


Space for Poultry

Broilers                            11/2 square ft per bird

Roasters                               3 square ft per bird

Bantams                               2 square ft per bird

Standards                             4 square ft per bird
Ducks                                    5 square ft per bird
Geese                                  10 square ft per bird

Turkeys (heritage breed)       8 square ft per bird

Turkeys                                 12 square ft per bird

As always, post further questions in the comment section.

--Dale, aka Turkeyman