Is a 16x16' Run

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Reinbeau, Apr 24, 2008.

  1. Reinbeau

    Reinbeau The Teapot Underground

    Big enough for 15 Chickens (I swear I'm only going to have 15! Yea, right!)? I'm thinking they'll be spending a lot of time in the run, I won't be able to let them out to 'free range' very often due to my schedule, and I'd rather not feed the local hawks [​IMG] of which there are plenty, nevermind the coyotes, fisher cats, foxes, etc.
  2. peepkeeper

    peepkeeper Songster

    Jul 5, 2007
    upstate New York
    That's plenty of space, they'll have lots of room without stepping on each other's toes. The usual rule is 10 square feet of space per chicken for a run, you have about 17. You can have more chickens!
  3. yankeemtfarm

    yankeemtfarm Songster

    Sep 13, 2007
    16x16 is a decent run for 15 chickens.
    Ill bet you can free range them [​IMG]
    Just take care and watch them when you free range them, even if it only 15-45 min when you get home to watch them.

    Everybody has there predators , be it a mink fox,fisher,ect.

    Fisher's are very nasty, maybe you can trap the one or you can learn to live with your predators, some how [​IMG]

    You make a choice to either lock the chicks down, or give them free range and live with the consequences.


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