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12 BIRD HEN HOUSE

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by SeanBlack, Sep 9, 2013.

  1. SeanBlack

    SeanBlack Out Of The Brooder

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    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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  2. cafarmgirl

    cafarmgirl Overrun With Chickens

    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.
     
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  3. thomasboyle

    thomasboyle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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.
     
  4. Joshua G

    Joshua G Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My chickens are happy with 3 Sq FT per bird.
     

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