Hens cage

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by sholmz, Oct 5, 2016.

  1. sholmz

    sholmz In the Brooder

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    I have a cage that is 30" x 60" x 20" tall. Is this big enough for 3 young pullets with they start laying?
     

  2. Gray Farms

    Gray Farms Crowing

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    Needs to be about double that for 3 chickens, unless they are bantams.
     
  3. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Crossing the Road

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    Are you talking about using it for a nest box or for a coop? Nest boxes need to be at least 12 x 12" for individual boxes, and some folks build a community box that is much bigger, intended for multiple hens to use at once. If you are talking about using it for a coop: absolute minimum size recommended is 4 sq. ft. per bird. Your cage is 12.5 s.f. While technically, it is big enough in sq. footage, it is not big enough to allow them to perch. I predict that if you try to keep them in that for a coop, you are going to have lots of behavioral issues. More info needed to answer you adequately. Is this to be their main and only living space? Do you have a run?
     
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  4. sholmz

    sholmz In the Brooder

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    No run. I am planning to use this for my breeders. If I put a 12" by 12" nest in it, will it work?
     

  5. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Crossing the Road

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    Wouldn't work here for me.
     
  6. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    I certainly wouldn't put a nest inside that small cage, but maybe next to/attached to outside of cage.

    BUT I also agree that is a pretty tight space to keep 3 birds confined in full time.
    There's no room for a roost without intruding upon their 'walking around' room.
    What about feeder and waterer...that takes up space too.
    They won't be happy and may be too stressed to lay.
     

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