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How much space does a bantam need?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Chickgirl201040, Jan 16, 2012.

  1. Chickgirl201040

    Chickgirl201040 Out Of The Brooder

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    My mom and I hove desided to get some bantams but one a few breed like OEGs, d'Anver Belgien, and Bantam cochins. we already have some standard breeds and silkies but they aren't in a pen. there are 2 reasons we are turning to a Chicken tracor for the bantams one is becouse me friend has some cages for her birds that don't move so they are filthy and there is no grass in the and 2 because we live in kansas so theres hawks raccoons possoms and coyots every where. so we need to know how nmany square feet each bantam needs in the run:)
     
  2. AJ Farms

    AJ Farms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Chickgirl201040,

    Here at A&J Farms we give them 2 to 3 ft per bird even if its a bantam or a full size pullet or rooster. Its doesnt hurt to give them more. although i would not recommend anything less than 2-3 ft for each bird. There are great ways to prevent the hawks, raccoons, possoms, and coyotes. You should put a fence around their area of their run, make the fence tight and right to the ground so they cannot dig. You can also use poultry netting along the top of their run that will prevent the hawks from swooping down on them.

    If you have them free roaming, i would recommend pulling regular box fencing around a large area so they can roam freely, This should be near objects, such as bushes, trees. The hawks wont come down if they cant fly right in and right off with the birds. Hawks wont attempt it if there are objects that might prevent them from getting in and out.

    There is also another prevention to these issues. Is getting a poultry guard dog. Great Pyronise are great for protecting the flock. Do some research on them this is the best thing to prevent anything and everything from your flocks.

    Last and for most, you can get a guinea hen. They are loud when they screetch although the pied and white guinea hens are not as bad as the lavender or others. They will keep snakes away, and will alert very loudly if there is something in their coop or posing a threat to them or the hens. You should research them as well.

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    Hope this helps :)


     
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  3. Chickgirl201040

    Chickgirl201040 Out Of The Brooder

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    thanks for the advice but we've had a crystal guinea and she would never stop squaking[​IMG] so my dad had us get rid of her.and we have had a haw try to take 1 of our minis from their feed shed:( and we have horses so we can't put up the fenceing:( but thanks any way :)
     
  4. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    AJ - are you meaning in the housing or in the run, with the 2-3 ft. Because I've never heard of allowing a mere 2-3 feet of run space??? The least I've heard for bantams (of outdoor space) is 5 sq. feet each. However OP - you'll also want to look at activity level of the bantams you're considering - some are very active and would need more space, while some are very calm and docile and would do okay in limited space.
     
  5. Chickgirl201040

    Chickgirl201040 Out Of The Brooder

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    I mean run space
     

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