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suggestions building chicken pen

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I just bought my chickens. Eight amacona/black sexling and one dorking. So nine in total. They are 6 weeks old. So friendly im already attached. Lol. They are in a 10by 10 temporarely. They cant be free range as i have three large dogs and to many predators around. What size pen should i build? Anyone have dimension ideas? I will build it out of chainlink fencing i already have. They have two dog houses with straw and will be building them pirches and wooden shelf boxes and in the winter i will have them in a shed at night.
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Here is a very good guide on calculating space per bird in the coop and run with all the deciding factors discussed:

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/how-much-room-do-chickens-need

 

If you're after ideas for building the coop and run, have a look here as well:

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/2/Coops

 

And for the predators… There are some preventative tips here:

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/chicken-predators-pests-how-to-protect-treat-your-flock

 

“Listen to the mustn'ts, child. Listen to the don'ts. Listen to the shouldn'ts, the impossibles, the won'ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me... Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.” 

 

~ Shel Silverstein
 

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“Listen to the mustn'ts, child. Listen to the don'ts. Listen to the shouldn'ts, the impossibles, the won'ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me... Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.” 

 

~ Shel Silverstein
 

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