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Chicken run questions =D

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by SilverScaleFarms, Aug 22, 2011.

  1. SilverScaleFarms

    SilverScaleFarms Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello!

    So me and my family are going into the chicken breeding! (yay [​IMG] ) And have some questions about how much room each group of chickens should have....

    This is a look of our back yard right now (excuse my poor blueprint making skills [​IMG] )
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    This is what i was originally thinking to be the chicken coop
    Thats 850 Square feet in that bold red area (those green things are trees)
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    But then instead of breeding just one kind of chicken, we have about three favorites... So would this be good?
    It has about 320 square feet per run, and we are thinking of putting like 10 chickens in each run... Is that big enough?
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    Also, the middle run, it is going to have a pond in it (we are also going to have a few ducks <3) Will the pond be bad for the chickens? I have seen chickens swim, but other people say that they will drown....


    ALSO any of these coops good? like if you had them, did they hold up well, or leak, or what?

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Chicken-Coo...565?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item19c5e15dcd
    (this one they said will hold 8 chickens comfortably [​IMG] And 12 Bantams. How many silkies/sizzles would that hold about?

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Chicken-Pou...097?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item1e655950d9
    "SUITABLE FOR 5/6 BIRDS Could Be Used For More Dependant on Size of Bird and How Much Room You Want to Allow For Each Bird" Is what they said about it

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Deluxe-Chic...670?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item415ca4f0d6
    they say it will Hold up to 8-10 Bantams or 4-6 Standard Hens

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Chicken-Coo...311?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item19c650a517
    Will Hold up to 4 Hens or 6 Bantams

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Large-Chick...201?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item45fc888a79
    Does not say how much chickens it can hold... what do you think? =3
     
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  2. SilverScaleFarms

    SilverScaleFarms Out Of The Brooder

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    ALSO!

    can i keep peafowl with the chickens? =3
     
  3. SilverScaleFarms

    SilverScaleFarms Out Of The Brooder

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    Anyone? =C
     
  4. SilverScaleFarms

    SilverScaleFarms Out Of The Brooder

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    bump...
     
  5. Honeysucklefeathers

    Honeysucklefeathers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I allow 4 sq ft per chicken. I don't know about the pond? Not understanding if you are putting the pond in the run or the coop? I wouldn't want it inside the coop due to the humidity. Hope this helps [​IMG]
     
  6. SilverScaleFarms

    SilverScaleFarms Out Of The Brooder

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    lol the pond will be outside the coop! Inside would be a bad Idea xD

    And thanks for replying!
     
  7. Bleenie

    Bleenie Wyan-DO's

    I would start with one breed and see how it works out, then expand from there if you think you guys are up to it. breeding can be a lot of work and you don't want to overwhelm yourself.

    Ducks are VERY messy! and can cause a lot of extra, unwanted moisture in the coop.. that can lead to health problems with the chickens. I really think you should have a seperate coop for your ducks if you are planning on breeding your chickens & selling the babies, Just to keep the babies healthy.
     

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