May I ask (since I'm building stuff) - what size enclosure do folks generally recommend for a single pair breeding? Trios? Quads?
My birds (esp. the boys) are REALLY good at escape/fence jumping, so there's a chance that I may choose to keep them confined for a period (not certain, just considering it).
- Ant Farm
Whatever works or what you are most comfortable with.
Quite a fair number of show and gamecock breeders keep them in small pens, something like 2-3 by 4 feet, especially for single birds- simply introduce cock to 'isolated' hen then remove cock after mating. Pro is guaranteed parentage, con is set up can be a lot of work.. and I fear to use this due to the extreme heat here..
For something more permanent for a pair/trio, 4 by 6 works well. Maybe a bit small but functional.
As for my own, they are 10 x 10 or 6 x 12(used dog kennels bought for cheap). These work for a small group of rooster and several hens but I often have only one or two hens in one until she is laying then introduce rooster.
I also like these for transitional broody pens for juveniles going on ground but still needing heat. Or mother hens with babies. These two are the main reasons for making the isolation pens a little bigger.