How much room do bantams need?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by dominiker, Aug 28, 2010.

  1. dominiker

    dominiker In the Brooder

    Jan 3, 2010
    How many square feet do bantams need inside and outside the coop?

  2. drunkdog

    drunkdog Songster

    May 15, 2010
    LF need 4 and 10 while if I remember correctly bantams require only 3 and 6....though ofcourse your birds wont complain if you give them more or even match the LF requirements [​IMG]
    Last edited: Aug 28, 2010
  3. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    And I've read that bantams require half of the 4sq/10sq. ft. rule as a minimum. But as drunkdog indicated, more space is ALWAYS preferred over the minimums...and can help avoid various problems that tight spaces can create.
  4. dominiker

    dominiker In the Brooder

    Jan 3, 2010
    Well I have 13 chickens in a 6 by 8 coop and I think im going to add 10 more chickens because ive heard that LF only need 1 square foot in the coop and 4 square feet in the run.
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  5. Louieandthecrew

    Louieandthecrew I am actually a female!

    2 square feet per bantie!
  6. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    Quote:Are you a commercial poultry house by chance??? Why ask for opinions if you're going to do what you're going to do anyhow???
  7. dominiker

    dominiker In the Brooder

    Jan 3, 2010
    No I just have chickens for fun and eggs.

  8. elmo

    elmo Songster

    May 23, 2009
    I have bantams, and I follow the same rule of thumb as for standards (4 square feet per bird indoors, plus 10 square feet per bird, outdoors). Even though bantams are physically smaller than the standard breeds, they're very lively and active ....mine are, anyway.
  9. Bleenie

    Bleenie Wyan-DO's

    LF birds definitely need more than 1sq ft per bird in the coop! that's actually about as big as 1 LF chicken is, that would be very cruel to fill a coop by those standards. And 10sqft outside Per Bird (for LF) is a good rule of thumb, of course you can have less if you plan to let them free range in your yard though.

    I don't mean to sound rude at all but really, mark out 1sqft and put one of your chickens in that spot. Most Standard nesting boxes are 1ft x 1ft so maybe you're getting those measurements mixed up?

  10. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

    Sep 14, 2008
    Adair Co., KY
    A lot of people keep smaller bantams (seramas, OEGB) in raised cages here. They keep 1 roo with 2-3 hens in a 3'x4' cage. So 3-4 sq ft per bird.

    ETA: My tractors have 2'x3' coops with 6'x6' runs, each one has 4-7 birds in them right now.
    Last edited: Aug 29, 2010

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