Individual breeding cages?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by apc, Nov 23, 2009.

  1. apc

    apc Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 4, 2009
    Chickland, Il
    I currently have 4 different breeds of chickens. I would like to start breeding them (and keep them all seperate so that they are purebred). What size cage do they need to be in? Can people post pictures so I can see what they are using?
  2. DTchickens

    DTchickens Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 23, 2008
    Bailey, Mississippi.
    Last edited: Nov 23, 2009
  3. apc

    apc Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 4, 2009
    Chickland, Il
    I have a rather large chicken coop that I plan on keeping everyone in, does anyone have pics of what their coops look like? Id like to see how everyone keeps theres seperate for breeding. What is the basic size requirement for them? What about a nesting box in the pen?
  4. Teach97

    Teach97 Bantam Addict

    Nov 12, 2008
    Hooker, OK
    I go on the small side for stuff but raise only bantams...they get around 2 square feet per bird or so...I have found that nesting boxes in the little cages are pointless...agree on the shamos and such...they need more room...OEGBs do fine in my pens
  5. Kittymomma

    Kittymomma Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 9, 2009
    Olympia, WA
    Here are some pictures that I saved from a thread a couple of months ago. I'm kicking myself for not bookmarking the thread itself since I have posted these pictures several times in response to breeding and broody pen questions. I'd like to be able to give credit to the original poster, but I only saved the pictures so I could copy them for my breeding/broody pens this spring.

    I love the efficient use of materials, versitility, and general good looks of this set-up. I plan to add a hardware cloth apron and pull out poop tray when I build. Hope these help you too.


    Above: overview of the coop/run--Hinged roof for coop access

    Below: Notice how the coop slides into/off of the run.

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  6. WestKnollAmy

    WestKnollAmy The Crazy Chicken Lady

    Apr 22, 2008
    upstate SC
    Ooooohhhhh! I like that idea! Thanks for sharing!
    I am always looking for new ideas for breeding pens. And I prefer a tractor over a stationary pen so I don't have to clean it out, they aren't walking in their own poo or mucking up the food to make a horrid stench to the pen. I like moving them over when it starts to look a bit dirty. They get the fresh grass, dirt and maybe some grubs.

    Whomever made this design did a wonderful job!
  7. Keri78

    Keri78 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 17, 2009
    I have two of these set up in my side yard and I plan to seperate the run half way across the center with wire and then add another "hutch" on the opposite end...thus creating two pens in one!!! So when finished they will have a hutch on both ends and only half of the amount of space in the run but for banties or just a couple chickens it will be fine and save on space. I also let mine out to free range but each flock free-ranges on different days to keep them seperate.
  8. bcboy

    bcboy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 12, 2012
    Thanks for posting the pictures. Did you ever find the original thread? Does anyone know who design this is?
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  9. BassRoof

    BassRoof Out Of The Brooder

    May 22, 2008
    Miller, KS
    Love the Idea Kittymomma

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