Bantam Coops- Is my idea okay?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by SunnyCalifornia, Jan 3, 2011.

  1. SunnyCalifornia

    SunnyCalifornia Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am in the coop planning stage, I need 3 coops:

    #1: for a pair of OEG bantams
    #2: for a pair of (undecided breed, likely d'uccles or cochin) bantams
    #3: a temporary coop for any young'uns, sick, injured, exiled...
    or whatever purpose comes about.

    I have a limited space, but not a lot of chickens, really. The bantams are for 4-H showing, and maybe some egg hatching projects, and I'd like to keep the breeds separate. However, I do want them all to have wonderful happy lives. They do get lots of hugs, love, and attention from my kids, and indoor diapers have already been prototyped. [​IMG]

    Here is my thought...

    I have a space that is 4' wide, 13' long, and I have a height clearance of about 7'. I am thinking of building a large coop 4'Wx12'lLx7'H, and dividing it into thirds, so that each section is 4'x4' length/width, and about 7' tall, with 4 sides screened, and a solid floor & roof. I am new at bantams, but I've read that they like to fly, and appreciate higher roosts, compared to my heavy standard breeds.

    If I put an enclosed 2'x 3' sleeping/nesting quarters, in a corner, 18" off the ground, so they have the additional ground space is that enough room for 2 bantams to be happy? With their flying capabilities, I don't think I could let them free range in the yard. It would be too dangerous. I may add a large enclosed playpen at a later date, but right now these everyday coops are my priority! I have too many chickens living INSIDE the house right now! [​IMG]

    I'm in the San Diego area, so severe cold is not an issue. Summer heat is, however, that is why I'm thinking the screened sided coops. I lost the sweetest BO hen during a freakishly hot day in September. [​IMG] We cried for weeks...She's buried under a cross on the hill. Why do the best hens always go first?

    Thank you for your input, I tried to BOLD all the pertinant info between my ramblings...

    Feathery Hugs,
    Chaili
     
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  2. The Fairy Godmartyr

    The Fairy Godmartyr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    As far as space is concerned, 16 square feet per bird should be plenty for 2 bantams. I would still want to build a run eventually because they will be happier being able to go out and do "chickeny" things. I'd have some real concerns about screened walls instead of solid walls. I don't see where that would give you a lot of protection from predators. Also, if the roosters can see each other, they will try and attack each other through the screens. At the very least, I would do solid walls on the bottom half and screen the top.

    The only bantams I have experience with are silkies, but I can tell you that they definitely don't roost higher than my full-sized chickens. Honestly, my hen doesn't even go on my lowest roost. She either sleeps in a nest box or "roosts" on the board along the edge of the nest box. I would give them roosts at 18-24" off of the ground.

    The breed of chicken will determine how flighty it is. My silkies aren't flighty at all.
     
  3. SunnyCalifornia

    SunnyCalifornia Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Fairy Godmarytr:

    Thanks for the info about the roosters! I will keep that in mind, and perhaps separate them on the far ends. I do have conflicting thoughts about the screening, I will be giving that some extra consideration before we build.
     
  4. SunnyCalifornia

    SunnyCalifornia Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I suppose I could build three levels horizontally too, if that sounds like a better idea!
     
  5. shay20

    shay20 Shay's Flock of Fun

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    in the wild, Mass
    The size , i think is a good size for 2 bantams, but i agree , i would build them an outside run, they will be even happier. They love to roost high up.
    I would put there roost at 3 feet and another at 5 feet.
     
  6. gumbii

    gumbii Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 7, 2010
    bell gardens, ca
    i'm probably gonna get shunned by the BYC people here, but i hardly free range my birds... maybe once a day a different pair/trio... but the thing is that i have OEGB pairs and trios only... pretty soon i'll have some free range giant blue cochins...


    anyways...



    like i said i have OEGB's... i don't have pics or anything for them, but here's kind of what i have for them now...

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    here are my friend's chickens... he lets them out about once a day, but i have more birds than him... here's his lavender hen laying an egg... but it shows his cages a bit...
     
  7. SunnyCalifornia

    SunnyCalifornia Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you Shay, Thank you Gumbii, I really appreciate you taking the time to respond. I think I'll go ahead with my plan then , but get that bigger play pen built as soon as I can afterwards. [​IMG]
     
  8. shay20

    shay20 Shay's Flock of Fun

    Jul 31, 2008
    in the wild, Mass
    Quote:Those are awsome breeding pens, i like those.
     
  9. gumbii

    gumbii Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 7, 2010
    bell gardens, ca
    Quote:welcome... i really don't give my birds that much room, but they are happy... they also feel very safe and comfy in their little breeder pens... when i let them out an hour later they're back in their pens... LOL...

    Quote:i like them too... i can't wait to build a huge wall of them inside my walk in coop... that's gonna be awesome...
     
  10. shay20

    shay20 Shay's Flock of Fun

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    Quote:welcome... i really don't give my birds that much room, but they are happy... they also feel very safe and comfy in their little breeder pens... when i let them out an hour later they're back in their pens... LOL...

    Quote:i like them too... i can't wait to build a huge wall of them inside my walk in coop... that's gonna be awesome...

    Right now mine are free rangers, when i let them out they go crazy flying everywhere , sooo cute.
    but hubby will be building a couple coops for them for breeding, and i told him i want them tall enough so they can roost good and have plenty of room.
     

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