So, how much coop space do you need for each chicken?
Chickens tend to roost close together to keep warm but overcrowding will lead to some very unhappy and unhealthy chooks.
The general consensus of most chicken experts is that you need around 1.2metres per chicken in the coop/run area.
This is assuming your chickens will get some time and space to roam a little more freely during each day.
Your lovely little ladies also need attractive nesting boxes to lay their eggs.
The RSPCA recommends that nesting boxes should be around 300mm square to cater for four to five hens but you may find that some hens require their own individual nesting boxes.
Nesting boxes only need to give your girls enough room to turn around, rearrange the bedding and get comfortable.
The nesting box should be about 600mm off the ground with access to the outside for ease of egg collection and nest box cleaning.
What About Space For Perching?
Hens love sitting on their favourite perch and the RSPCA suggests a minimum of about 200mm for each bird.
Ideally, perches should be placed about 500mm above the ground.