How high is a chicken's back?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by MTchick, Mar 31, 2007.

  1. MTchick

    MTchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm trying to build some things for the coop today. I've read that putting the water trough at the "height of the chicken's back" will keep poo out of it. Well... I don't have adult chickens, nor do any of my friends. So- how tall is a chicken's back? I have RIR, SLWyandottes, Barred Rocks, and an Ameraucana, so I guess I want to know how high these breed's back are. A rough estimate will do.

    Thanks.

    -MTchick
     
  2. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress

    Ohhhh, I would say...8 to 10 inches should do it.
     
  3. bigzio

    bigzio Overrun With Chickens

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    MTchick, just a quick quess and I'd say about 12" off the floor, would be close.

    bigzio
     
  4. MTchick

    MTchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks folks. I built it to 9" following your estimates. I figure I can always slip a piece of wood under it if it needs to be an inch or two taller.

    You'll see the coop pictures in the coop forum in a week or two- I still have a big of staining, fencing, and other final touches left. It is looking good, though!

    -MTchick
     

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