- May 13, 2012
How many many hens could I fit in a 10x10 chain link dog run, it could Also be set up as 5x15 if that would be better. The nesting house will be attached to the outside. Thanks!
I think you're going to find the coop crowded and the run as well, especially during the integration period. Your 6 hens are comfortable right now because they're used to each other and you have space for 6. Doubling the number will change the dynamic. Expect bickering as the old birds try to chase off the new intruders and fight over roost space and other resources.A friend of my is giving away about 20 chickens. I believe I can safely take 6 of his hens, giving me a total of 12.
If you're really set on expanding the flock (a common wish!) I'd consider expanding the set up first. Means you'd likely have to pass on your friends' birds, unless they're willing to hold onto them for a while, but I think it's better to head off problems before they occur, rather than hope that they won't.Well, you could be right. Maybe I don't want to change the system which is working well. My dad used to say "leave well enough alone"
mary thyme has a few good points. Wise to follow her advice.I have a 6' by 4' coop with a 3 rung ladder roost inside. The coop has two nesting boxes and free access to a 10' by 12' fenced in run.
The run's gate opens up into a large back yard where the hens spend most of the day. My 6 hens are very comfortable with that arrangement. A friend of my is giving away about 20 chickens. I believe I can safely take 6 of his hens, giving me a total of 12. All I would have to do is to put a second poop tray in the coop. My six hens use the top rung of the ladder roost, while the six new hens would use the next rung down. They don't stay in the coop, they only sleep there at night.
In the morning, the 12 hens would share the 10' by 12' run for a wile until I unlock the run's gate and let them into the yard. At 10 square feet per hen, I don't think they will feel crowed in the run.