12 BIRD HEN HOUSE

SeanBlack

In the Brooder
7 Years
Jul 19, 2012
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Galway,Ireland
Hello,
I have 2 rhode island hybrid hens, I'm hoping to get ten more, I hope to make a 5 by 4 house for them. Is this enough for them
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cafarmgirl

Crowing
10 Years
Mar 24, 2009
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California, central valley
Too small for that many birds, that is only 20 square feet, for 12 birds you need more like 48 square feet, and that's a minimum that is still too small in my opinion. It's always better to go bigger then the minimum requirements if at all possible. Happier birds = less stress and lessens the chances of a pecking problem getting started.
Either need a bigger coop or less birds.
 

thomasboyle

Songster
7 Years
Feb 28, 2013
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NW Hills of CT
At 5x4, you can house 4-5 hens if they also have at least a 7' x 7' dedicated outdoor run. My recommendation is the build a coop much bigger than you think you will need. I can tell you from experience, you will want more chickens! I started with a dozen hens, and now have two dozen chickens and a dozen ducks. I converted an old shed into my coop, and I wish I had more room! Crowding leads to behavior problems and increases the potential for disease.
 

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