My husband doesn't like the chickens free ranging our property. They poop on the porch, eat all the tomatoes, and eat all the pears - and that is just more than he can take. How much space should they have per hen?
The minimum for chickens is this:
coop 4 square feet per chicken run 8 square feet per chicken
bantam (smaller breed) coop 2 square feet per chicken run 6 square feet per chicken
I really wanted to have truly free range chickens as well, but like yours they would poop on the porch, they dug up a bunch of my strawberries, were digging up brand new plants in my garden etc. We had to make some changes as well. It was a hard transition for them, so to make it easier, we would let them out in the yard in the evenings (somewhat supervised) for an hour or two, then back to the coop for sleeping.
Please leave a comment if you have any other input!