how much space do i really need for a single bird?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by BrianaBones, Mar 9, 2012.

  1. BrianaBones

    BrianaBones Out Of The Brooder

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    So I'm considering my coop options. I just have one chicken. Shes still inside now, and for a few more weeks.
    When she does move outside, she'll have full run of my small backyard. There is a 6 foot fence all the way around, so i'm confident she'll be safe out there.
    I was actually thinking of converting a dollhouse into a coop/ nest box, but I'm just not sure if that will be big enough. There would be about 4 sq feet inside, enough for a nest box, and a place to roost.

    I live in So Cal, near the beach. It never gets very cold here, nor very hot. generally around 65-75 year round.

    What do you guys think?
    is that enough space?
     
  2. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

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    The 4 sq ft is meant for floor space, not including a nest box. But chickens are flock animals and do better when they have a companion or two; have you considered getting one or two more?
     
  3. BrianaBones

    BrianaBones Out Of The Brooder

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    I can't unfortunately. I have an HOA. We're not supposed to have poultry, so the only way that I can have a chicken is if she is one of my 2 household pets.

    I mostly work at home though, and I'm hoping that the diaper harness I ordered will work out so that she can have the run of the house with me and the cat all day when I'm home.

    I might try to sneak by with another one in the future. I want to wait a while and see how it goes with one first though.
     
  4. adrian

    adrian Chillin' With My Peeps

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    These are just my two cents, but if you have only one chicken and she will be a household pet, she is probably better off in the house with you in a diaper harness, with as much time outside as possible in a little run, or with supervision. I have had pet house geese & ducks before, and they get lonely easily. Very social animals. A pet house chicken, or duck, or goose, can be very happy, so long as they are kept clean, given outside time, and are not lonely. Good luck. [​IMG]
     

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