1. barred-rocks-rock

    barred-rocks-rock Can't stick with a Title

    Jul 5, 2009
    In the spring, I am getting bantams from Ideal. I plan on getting three, (Motled Japanese, OEGB, and Mille Fleur)( Hens). I have a large dog house that is unoccupied, and i was thinking about making it a coop. I would cut a small door with hinges in the back to get eggs, and attach a run to the front. How big should the run be for three 22 ounce bantams?
  2. MidnightChickenLover

    MidnightChickenLover Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 13, 2009
    I thought Ideal only sold straight run bantams...?
    I would say 4'x4'... could be smaller or bigger, depends on how much space you have.
  3. AtRendeAcres

    AtRendeAcres Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 23, 2007
    Clarion County
    Yes, Dog houses can be modified to become a coop!
    Do a search in the coop section using words dog houses!

    I suggest getting 3 of each breed so you wind up with the 3 girls you are looking for!

  4. Megs

    Megs Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 19, 2009
    i am also sure ideal sells only straight run (unsexed) bantams, it says so on their website.

    large doghouse will be great for 3 bantams, i have several quads of bantams in revamped doghouses. i have mine in 10X10 runs because i had the material/space to make them that large, but i would say 4X4 is the minimum for the run. bigger the better.
  5. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    Is a 'bantam idea' half the size of a regular idea? LOL

    Doghouse is fine, but make sure you have EASY access for cleaning and grabbing birds and so forth... just an egg door and the front 'dog door' may both be kind of small.

    Good luck, have fun,

  6. Megs

    Megs Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 19, 2009
    yes easy acess for cleaning is a good thing to think about! one of my doghouse coops just has the front door (quiet large, i put a hinged door on it) i can just barely squeeze myself in there to clean it out! on my other doghouse coop i put a hinged roof for easy cleaning! it is so much better.
    Last edited: Dec 13, 2009
  7. barred-rocks-rock

    barred-rocks-rock Can't stick with a Title

    Jul 5, 2009
    Yes they do sell straight run. I will get three or four of each breed so I have a better chance of hens.
  8. 95yj

    95yj Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 25, 2009
    Central Vermont
    oegb's can be kinda hyperactive so i'd suggest a rather large run, i'd go 6x6 but they'd be alright in a smaller one for just three, don't let the size fool you, in my opinion bantams need just as much space as a standard. what kind of a mille fleur? perhaps i'm mistaken but i thought that was a variety and not a breed
  9. Zahboo

    Zahboo Simply Stated

    Feb 3, 2009
    Hope Mills, NC
    Bantams need half the size as standards. I've always done 2 foot each in coop, 5 in run. I used a dog house as a coop and some issues I had was the door I had didn't let me grab them if they ran to the corner. Also, wil lyou install a door for their entrance/exit ("pop door") It will stop drafts and predators at night. Make sure you can get into the run also. How would youput the roost in?
  10. possumqueen

    possumqueen Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 17, 2009
    Monroe, North Carolina
    Quote:mille fleur is a color. A BEAUTIFUL color!

    The best example of that color would be in the d'Uccle breed. Look them up. They're gorgeous birds, and fairly friendly.[​IMG]

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