Here at A&J Farms we give them 2 to 3 ft per bird even if its a bantam or a full size pullet or rooster. Its doesnt hurt to give them more. although i would not recommend anything less than 2-3 ft for each bird. There are great ways to prevent the hawks, raccoons, possoms, and coyotes. You should put a fence around their area of their run, make the fence tight and right to the ground so they cannot dig. You can also use poultry netting along the top of their run that will prevent the hawks from swooping down on them.
If you have them free roaming, i would recommend pulling regular box fencing around a large area so they can roam freely, This should be near objects, such as bushes, trees. The hawks wont come down if they cant fly right in and right off with the birds. Hawks wont attempt it if there are objects that might prevent them from getting in and out.
There is also another prevention to these issues. Is getting a poultry guard dog. Great Pyronise are great for protecting the flock. Do some research on them this is the best thing to prevent anything and everything from your flocks.
Last and for most, you can get a guinea hen. They are loud when they screetch although the pied and white guinea hens are not as bad as the lavender or others. They will keep snakes away, and will alert very loudly if there is something in their coop or posing a threat to them or the hens. You should research them as well.
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Originally Posted by Chickgirl201040
My mom and I hove desided to get some bantams but one a few breed like OEGs, d'Anver Belgien, and Bantam cochins. we already have some standard breeds and silkies but they aren't in a pen. there are 2 reasons we are turning to a Chicken tracor for the bantams one is becouse me friend has some cages for her birds that don't move so they are filthy and there is no grass in the and 2 because we live in kansas so theres hawks raccoons possoms and coyots every where. so we need to know how nmany square feet each bantam needs in the run:)
Edited by AJ Farms - 1/16/12 at 7:16am