I have a situation that I haven't found any answers to; not definitive ones anyhow. So I figured I should ask you lovely people. I know how much space is advised for hens living in a coop; however, what I need to know is this: can I keep nine hens in a 9 square foot tractor for one day while building a new coop? Situation: we moved into a farmhouse, bought nine laying hens from the landlady. Been here a month and she's been on our nerves every day. We are moving out in a month.. to a new house that doesn't have a coop. There's a 10x12 shed that we will convert into their coop, and we're building a run around it. But we are not allowed to get there sooner to build it, so we have opted to build panels out of hardware cloth and lumber, transport them on the day of the move, and put the pieces up. It shouldn't take us more than 12 hours (two of us building, two moving things). Is it okay to keep the girls in a 9 square foot tractor on pasture, with their water bucket, for the day? Building a bigger tractor is not an option, and I'd prefer not to put them in the shed while we're working around it and having to open doors to check for space requirements.. the last resort option I could think of is to keep them in the spare room or garage of the new house but with 4 cats and 3 dogs clamoring to see what the new smells are I'm afraid it wold stress the birds out. These are rescue birds (yes we bought them.. figured out afterwards that they were covered in poop, infested with mites, and sharing a 5x8 stall with two ducks for who knows how long; every time the landlady comes by they hide behind me, and will shake for hours).. I really want to choose the best option to stress them out the least. Any input would be appreciated, and I'm sorry in advance if I'm in the wrong forum.