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Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by InsaneBreeder, Jun 1, 2010.
What would the ideal size be?
I have 4' x 4' for my pairs or trios plus a 4' x 6' run.
Quote:Sounds quite ample. We have a supersized pen/tractor (we couldn't move with out 2 people) with a 8x3 roosting area, nest boxes, with a yard of about 8x10 covered with hardware cloth and clear heavy plastic in the winter. Summers its removed. They have another outside area that is a bit more then the "tractor" and it has an odd shape as we are using the bantam cochins as stump removal and finding the bugs in the old stump. Oh, and we have 6 bantam Cochins and that is still ample space for them. (mind you they are short and wide )
So would a 4x4 be too small? I thought I read somewhere that bantams required 1 sq foot of space per bird, but maybe that was wrong.
what kind of bantams, oeg's or japanese would do fine with 4-6 in a 4x4 pen depending on the aggression levels of the birds. i have a trio of oeg's in a roughly 2.5x4 split off section of the coop and they only get the run 1/2 the days and their fine. bigger bantams, or more aggressive and active breeds will most likely need more space. But in general for most bantam's 4x4 should be fine.
Quote:they actually should have more than 1 sq ft per bird, but the dimensions aren't set in stone and can be played with depending on the birds, run size, set up of the coop etc...
If it's a coop with an attached run then bantams need 2 sq ft/bird of coop space plus additional run space. If it's a breeding pen and they won't be let out then they need 4-5 sq ft/bird. So for 8 bantams you would need a pen that's 32-40 sq ft. A 4x4 pen is 16 sq ft and could comfortably house 3-4 bantams.
Small bantam seem to only need 2 square feet per bird. Standards and larger bantams will need 4 square feet per bird.
They are cochin bantams. So if I also count the space the run will provide, I could do a 4x4 coop?
For 8 bantams you need a coop that is 16 square feet. 4X4 is 16 sq feet. plus you need a run that is 40 sq. feet. 4X10 for example.
for 6 bantams you need a coop that is at least 12 sq feet 3X4 for example. plus a run that is 30 sq. feet. 4X8 would be 32 sq. feet.
If all you have is a cage and they are not allowed in a run you need a cage that is at least 32 sq. feet. 4X8 for example. for 8
24 sq feet or 4X6, for 6.