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How much room needed for a run?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Flyboy718, Aug 14, 2011.

  1. Flyboy718

    Flyboy718 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How many square feet are needed per bird in the run? And also, how high of a fence would I need...could I get away with 48" or is that too low?
     
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  2. GA_in_GA

    GA_in_GA Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I believe 10 sq ft per bird is recommended. Hopefully, someone with more expertise will correct me if I am incorrect.
     
  3. 10 point

    10 point country boy

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    10 square foot outside in the run and 2 inside the coop per bird. and 48" is high enough but you might have birds escaping from your run unless you cover it.
     
  4. ChickenSnake

    ChickenSnake Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Dang thats a lot of room! Most of the runs I've seen online are smaller than that

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  5. cherylcohen

    cherylcohen The Omelet Ranch

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    Yes many runs are much smaller, however if you want healthy happy birds 10 sq feet is what I also recommend. You run the risk of pecking and disease in runs that are too small. I use 6 foot high sides and I also clip their wings. Some breeds really can fly!
    Also inside your run put fun things for them, a dust bath, a few large logs, maybe some roosts.
     
  6. Flyboy718

    Flyboy718 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:2 square feet per bird inside the coop?
     
  7. Nicole01

    Nicole01 Overrun With Chickens

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    I currently have 110 square feet for 7 standard and 1 bantam. I feel that this isn't enough room either, so I free range 1-3 times daily supervised. My coop is 48 square feet.

    The recommended coop space is 4 square feet per standard bird.
     
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  8. cherylcohen

    cherylcohen The Omelet Ranch

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    I like 4 but really they are in the coop for such little time, really most important that they have 8-10" of roost space per bird and a goodly amount of nest boxes
     
  9. GA_in_GA

    GA_in_GA Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I thought it was a lot as well. But I want my girls to stay healthy and happy, so I went with the suggested 10 sq ft. I have an 8' x 16' run, you can see it on my BYC page. My coop is waaaay to small, so the run is covered and helps balance the mini coop. Currently have 2 hens, but plan to add a few more in the fall. (Chicken Math at work)


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    I am glad you corrected the recommended coop square footage, Nicole.
     
  10. Flyboy718

    Flyboy718 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I plan on doing this in my backyard, but I also have a small dog that poops a lot in the backyard...do you think there is any danger of the chickens eating the dog poop?
     

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