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How much space does a bantam need?

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I was going to build a pen for some banties that I'm getting, but I'm not sure if it's going to be really small. It's going to be 3 1/2ft wide X 4ft long. I'm going to get 4 Porcelain d'uccle hens and one rooster. Will they fit in there? or is it too small?

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Will your pen be movable, like one of those tractor coops? If you can't allow your chickens to free-range, then the next-best thing would be to move the pen so you chickens have access to fresh greens & bugs. They will eat a small area clean to the dirt.Then it could become a stinky pen. Obviously, I'm a free-ranging nut! LOL!yippiechickie

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I have bantams, and I use the same space rules of thumb as you read for the standard size birds: 4 sq. feet per bird indoors, plus 10 sq. feet per bird outdoors. Bantams are smaller than standards, true, but they also can be quite active (mine sure are). I think about it this way: I'll never be sorry about building a pen too big, only too small. Build bigger, if you possibly can.

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I'm going to let them free-range for an hour a day, but I'm afraid the pen is too small for them.

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Originally Posted by elmo 

I have bantams, and I use the same space rules of thumb as you read for the standard size birds: 4 sq. feet per bird indoors, plus 10 sq. feet per bird outdoors. Bantams are smaller than standards, true, but they also can be quite active (mine sure are). I think about it this way: I'll never be sorry about building a pen too big, only too small. Build bigger, if you possibly can.


That's the problem sad I can't get it any more bigger than that so I'll have to get rid of some.


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Originally Posted by elmo 

I have bantams, and I use the same space rules of thumb as you read for the standard size birds: 4 sq. feet per bird indoors, plus 10 sq. feet per bird outdoors. Bantams are smaller than standards, true, but they also can be quite active (mine sure are). I think about it this way: I'll never be sorry about building a pen too big, only too small. Build bigger, if you possibly can.


That's the problem sad I can't get it any more bigger than that so I'll have to get rid of some.


Oh, that's difficult. If you don't mind my asking, what is the restriction? You just don't have more space?

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Originally Posted by elmo 

I have bantams, and I use the same space rules of thumb as you read for the standard size birds: 4 sq. feet per bird indoors, plus 10 sq. feet per bird outdoors. Bantams are smaller than standards, true, but they also can be quite active (mine sure are). I think about it this way: I'll never be sorry about building a pen too big, only too small. Build bigger, if you possibly can.


That's the problem sad I can't get it any more bigger than that so I'll have to get rid of some.


Oh, that's difficult. If you don't mind my asking, what is the restriction? You just don't have more space?


my dad won't let me make it bigger sad that's sad.

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[My dad won't let me make it bigger sad that's sad.


Maybe if you made a very persuasive case to your father, and demonstrated your seriousness about this project by, say, offering to do extra chores around the house, he might be convinced to let you have a bigger pen.  Good luck!

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Is it that he says "3 1/2 X 4" or that he says "this location" (which only has that much space)?  Bantams need less space in general than largefowl, but d'uccles are pretty active birds.

Does that space include their coop area?  How tall can you make you pen and coop?  It is possible to make a multi-level coop or pen that increases the floor space--if you have sufficient height.

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