How much head room is needed for the chickens?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by red-hen, Apr 4, 2008.

  1. red-hen

    red-hen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi all,

    I've been sketching out coop plans on paper for weeks. One thing that makes me stumble, however, is not knowing how much headroom to allow for the girls (and possibly a roo).

    For example, I'm considering an ark ... so the downstairs would be grazing, and the upstairs would be nesting / sleeping quarters.

    How tall are standard chickens? (Think Buff Orpington, Salmon Faverolles, Sussex)

    How tall are bantams? (Think Pekin/Cochins, D'uccles, Silkies, Easter Eggers, Dutch)

    I haven't been around chickens since I was young, and I was a bit smaller then so I can't remember how big they really were!
    Thanks!
     
  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    My grow out pens are 2 feet tall and they work fine. However, my rooster who is a standard sized cochin cross will crow in there when he feels like it and his head is bent up on the roof. [​IMG] They can crouch, but to get a real good stretch, I say 3 feet tall would be good for your standards, and 2 ft tall for your banties.
     
  3. red-hen

    red-hen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks very much [​IMG]
    That helps bunches.
     

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