How much head room is needed for the chickens?


11 Years
Mar 4, 2008
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!


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12 Years
13 Years
Jan 25, 2007
Everett WA/Corvallis OR
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.
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.

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