Do Jungle Fowl Need More Coop Space???

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Happy Chicken Mama, Mar 20, 2009.

  1. Happy Chicken Mama

    Happy Chicken Mama Songster

    Apr 23, 2007
    Hello all of you jungle fowl lovers!

    I am considering getting a few (like four) jungle fowl type birds. I have only had Cochicns, Aracaunas & silkies so far. Right now we do a combonation of intigrated coop/run & free range.

    What are the space requirements for these birds??? Is it different than other chickens?????

    Do they do well in a run or do they need some space to ROAM.?.

  2. 98 gt

    98 gt a man of many... chickens

    Jan 14, 2009
    Marshville NC
    they will want to roost as high as possible... so taller may be a consideration..
  3. tim_TX

    tim_TX Songster

    Jun 4, 2008
    Its been said that jungle fowl are born fighting, so the more space the better.
  4. CBee

    CBee Songster

    May 11, 2008
    Asheville, NC
    The more space, the happier the chicken. My birds like to free range, too. In fact, they are definitely not good cage/run birds, and they let me know it every morning. I have a 15 x 10 run attached to their 7 x 7 coop, and with just my 2 girls they'll squawk and holler all morning until I let them out to free range. I'm not sure about the general space requirements, but that's just how mine are.

    Good luck! [​IMG]
  5. Starwalker Fallen Angel

    Starwalker Fallen Angel In the Brooder

    My thoughts are because I have Spanish Jerezano's...Whatever anyone says. TRIPLE it![​IMG]

    And NEVER, NEVER let the hens alone without a rooster. I learned my lesson after having a separate pen for each hen when the one roo died and I had to put the other rooster in fast. There was no time to get them aquainted.[​IMG]

    I thought I would move him next to the coop and run. Nope, the girls immediately started trying to kill each other before I could get him in. 2 girls went in sick bay until the blood stopped and the wounds healed.[​IMG]


    They are in temporary housing until my super coop comes tomorrow.[​IMG]
  6. eatmorechicken

    eatmorechicken Songster

    Mar 7, 2009
    I would say it depends on where you buy the birds from. I had 5 hatchery jungle fowl for a couple of years and kept them in a 8x12 coop with 15 other chickens for the winter and they seamed to be like any other chicken and they looked more like a brwon leghorn any way. Game fowl would have killed each other, but these birds rarely fought. I havn't got around to (real) pure jungle fowl yet. but talking to people who have, you would want to raise them "more like pheasants". maybe 10 sq. ft per bird (run space). confined coop space should be fine for the winter as long as there is places for birds to hide and escape each other. For happy jungle fowl I would keep them outside as much as possible with trees or tall roosts for roosting. And you might want to start of with a top net covered run because they do run away and go feral (for as long as the cats don't get to them). But they might hang around the property like peacocks as long as they know where the food is.
  7. Happy Chicken Mama

    Happy Chicken Mama Songster

    Apr 23, 2007
    Thanks for the responses.

    I am not sure now if I have enough space for more than two or three.

    Everyone who has them seems to love them!

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