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I am considering whether keeping 2 hens on my urban property is feasible. I have a narrow gangway that I am thinking could work, but I am wondering how narrow is too narrow for a chicken run? I would be able to let them out here and there to wonder around my property, but they would have to be supervised, so it may not be daily. 

 

Thanks for the advice! 

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Welcome to BYC :frow I think as long as the hens are able to move around and turn around freely in the run, it will be fine. How long and wide is the area you've got? For a run I'd suggest around 12 sq feet per hen, minimum, to keep them comfortably. 

 

If you look in the Coops tab and also the Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance forum section, there are lots of ideas and tips. 

 

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The space is about 40 feet long, and would only be able to be about 18-24" wide. 

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I would think that is too narrow for large hens, they would struggle to get past each other. Smaller breeds, or bantams maybe? I'm new to chickens myself but have three broilers (14 weeks) that wouldn't fit past each other in that space.
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:welcome I'm glad you joined us! Sounds like your space is a little small for them....

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The space is about 40 feet long, and would only be able to be about 18-24" wide. 

That is a bit narrow for standard size chickens, but it should be fine for smaller breeds, like bantams. Some bantams are really small. They'll have plenty space to roam length-wise, so that's good. Have a look through the Breeds tab at the breeds available and if you see anything you like, check the General breed discussions & FAQ forum section for threads on the breeds and see what their keepers and breeder say?

 

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Would your narrow run area have a view, other than bricks or fence?   Birds  like to be able to see out.  The one good point is a narrow run would be very easy to cover, to keep hawks out, and offer some rain or snow protection.  I don't know how chickens  would feel, but, generally a long, narrow area  causes a lot of bored pacing in other animals.

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