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Originally Posted by 123RedBeard View Post

Correct.

Unless ... Sometimes ... Maybe ... IF ... They are the smallest of bantams, AND the water, food and nesting boxes are NOT in this space ... AND they have a run of at least 20 square feet per chicken, AND you get up EVERY MORNING at the crack of dawn, rain, shine or WORSE and let them out of their tiny coop, EVEN ON YOUR DAY OFF, and if you go on vacation ... AND even if your looking at a predator in your back yard ... Even then ... You may still have grumpy chickens that pick on each other, sometimes to their death!

Four feet is considered a MINIMUM (I prefer 5-6) for a medium sized chicken, but if they are in their for long periods of time they can get nasty mean with each other, AND stop laying eggs too!

Also just so you know "Chicken/hen wire mesh", is only designed to keep chickens in ... Not predators OUT!

Too many times we see people come here AFTER they have their tiny coop, and too many chickens, asking why they have problems ... It is good that you are asking in advance!

Here is a good explaination of needed space ... http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/how-much-room-do-chickens-need

Yeah. That. Lol and less grumpy big_smile.png
http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/990759/chickens-in-permaculture

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1008185/lets-talk-relocation

3rd generation of Colorado ranchers, raising organic alfalfa, corn, Red Angus cattle, Suffolk sheep and of course, chickens! Comitted to a lifetime of health without chemicals, I am entirely dependent on what God has given me to nurture soil, plant, and animal. Sharing...
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http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/990759/chickens-in-permaculture

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1008185/lets-talk-relocation

3rd generation of Colorado ranchers, raising organic alfalfa, corn, Red Angus cattle, Suffolk sheep and of course, chickens! Comitted to a lifetime of health without chemicals, I am entirely dependent on what God has given me to nurture soil, plant, and animal. Sharing...
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I live in about an hour south of Atlanta georgia. I have two buffs one barred rock one ee one black giant and a red comeye but I have three more coming so I guess I need to hurry and builed another pen
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