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There is no set rule for this, but if you were housing 4 chickens, I would not go below 6feet x 3feet as a minimum.
one hen per 4m2 (ref: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Free_range)
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The stocking density must not exceed nine laying hens per m² of usable area.
(ref: The Welfare of Farmed Animals (England) Regulations 2007 http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2007/2078/contents/made )
Code of recommendations for the welfare of livestock: laying hens
From RSPCA Education website (ref: http://www.science-ethics-animals.org.uk/teachers/value/farm/suppinfo.cfm)
- there should be no more than 13 chickens per square metre
- chickens must be 56 days old before they are slaughtered
- they must have continuous daytime access to open-air runs, comprising an area mainly covered by vegetation, for at least half their lifetime.
- each bird should have at least 250cm2 of litter
- there should be no more than nine hens per square metre
- birds must have perches, allowing 15cm of perch per hen
- there must be at least 10cm of feeder for each bird and at least one drinker for every 10 birds
- there must be one nest for every seven birds, or 1m2 of nest space for every 120 birds
- water and feeding troughs must be raised so food is not scattered.