You do not need to have a lot of space to raise chickens for you family. The amount of space needed in the coop and chicken run will vary a little bit depending on the breed temperament. If you have very energetic/opinionated breeds you will defiantly need this amount of space if not a little more. The more space each chicken has available to them will cut down on bullying.

General Space Measurements.

Coops

  • 4 square feet of floor space per Large breeds.
  • 3 square feet of floor space per Bantam chicken

Perch space: all chickens roost at night while they sleep.

  • 12 inches of perch space per LF chicken
  • 9 inches of perch space per Bantam chicken

Chicken Run

  • 10 Sq Ft of ground space per LF chicken
  • 7.5 Sq Ft of ground space per Bantam chicken

Breeds that do well in smaller spaces

These are the top five chicken breeds I would recommend for their calm temperaments and laying ability. All breed profiles are from cacklehatchery.com

Buff Orpington

  • Weights: Hen—–8 lbs         Rooster——10 lbs
    Pullet—7 lbs         Cockerel—-8 1/2 lbs
  • Purpose: Dual Purpose, egg laying, and meat production
  • Egg Shell Color: Brown
  • Egg Production: 200-280 eggs per year (estimates only, see FAQ)
  • Mating Ratio: 9 Females to 1 Male
  • Country of Origin: England

 

Columbian Wyandotte

  • Weights: Hen ——-6 1/2 lbs          Rooster—-8 1/2 lb
    Pullet——-5 1/2  lbs       Cockerel—7 1/2 lbs

  • Purpose: Dual Purpose, Egg Laying and Meat Production
  • Egg Shell Color: Brown
  • Egg Production: 180-260 eggs per year. (estimates only, see FAQ)
  • Mating Ratio: 9 Females to 1 Male
  • Country of Origin: United States

Partridge Plymouth Rock

Weights: Hen—–7 lbs               Rooster——8 lbs
Pullet—5  lbs              Cockerel—-6 lbs

  • Purpose -Dual Purpose: Egg laying and meat production

  • Egg Shell Color -Brown
  • Egg Production – 180-240 eggs per year. (*estimates only, see FAQ)
  • Mating Ratio: 9 Females to 1 Male
  • Country of Origin – United States (New Jersey)

Cochin

  • Weights: Hen—–8 1/2 lbs         Rooster——11 lbs
    Pullet—7 lbs               Cockerel—-9 lbs

 

  • Purpose: Exhibition and meat production
  • Egg Shell Color: Brown
  • Egg Production: 110-160 eggs per year (*estimates only, see FAQ)
  • Mating Ratio: 6 Females to 1 Male
  • Roost Height: 0 to 2 feet
  • Country of Origin: Asia

Brahma

Weights: Hen—–9 1/2 lbs         Rooster——12 lbs
Pullet—-8 lbs              Cockerel—–10 lbs

  • Purpose: Multi-Purpose, Egg laying, and meat production
  • Egg Shell Color: Brown
  • Egg Production: 180-240 eggs per year (estimates only, see FAQ)
  • Mating Ratio: 8 Females to 1 Male
  • Country of Origin: Asia

 

Cities that allow chickens

You need to make sure that your city allows chickens before you get those adorable little chicks and then have to get rid of them. Here are a few sites with large lists of areas that allow them. However, It might be simpler to just Google your city or call your local county office.

Major US Cities (and nearby states) Allowing Urban Hens

 

 

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