Dumb question?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by bullyforme, Jul 15, 2011.

  1. bullyforme

    bullyforme Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Please bear with me if this is a ridiculous question. I have a smaller coop with a bantam roo (that I'm trying to rehome, PM me!) and two bantam pullets. The coop could easily fit two more bantams or one standard chicken.

    My question is this, how big an entrance can a full sized hen fit through? The entrance into the coop is a pet door, about 7" X 6". My huge (15 lb) cat fit through it, and my full sized rabbit can squeeze through a 2" opening, so I wonder how much of a hen is really feathers? Could a 6-7 lb hen fit through this little door?

    I am kind of wanting to add a standard hen because I'm getting really tired of getting bantam "pullets" only to have them crowing within a few weeks. Standard sized pullets seem a little easier for the hatchers to sex.
     
  2. Mtn Margie

    Mtn Margie Overrun With Chickens

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    I am thinking you would be okay. Get a smaller standard breed, not a Jersey Giant type, LOL The feathers may show a bit of wear. I know my hens can sneak out of a small opening when they are in a hurry to get let out for some free range time. I barely get the door cracked and they are bailing out!
     
  3. WestfarthingHomestead

    WestfarthingHomestead Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The only dumb question is the one you're afraid to ask.[​IMG]
     
  4. bullyforme

    bullyforme Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks, any ideas for a good smaller standard breed? I saw a partridge chantecler pullet on craigslist this AM, I read they are about 6-7 lbs as hens. Is this on the smaller side?
     

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