Is it enough space

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by arhawkeye, Oct 21, 2014.

  1. arhawkeye

    arhawkeye New Egg

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    Hello to all. My wife and I are in planning stages for our chickens. I want to build a 6' x 8' coop with 2 boxes for a total of 6 hens. The coop will be elevated and inside of a either 15' x 20' or 20' x 25' run. I live in central SC. What does everyone think?
     
  2. BayBay Peepers

    BayBay Peepers Overrun With Chickens

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    I think they will live quite comfortably in that kind of space. Will they always be confined or will they be let out once in a while? I would love to see pictures of your progress.
     
  3. BayBay Peepers

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    I suppose with that much room they probably wouldn't even notice :)

    Welcome to BYC by the way!
     
  4. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

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    Sounds like a lovely plan - I like to give my birds as much room as possible, and this will afford your girls a nice amount of room (and leave room for a little chicken math, lol)
     
  5. arhawkeye

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    I would like to let them free range but my back yard only has a 4' high fence and is only about a half acre. Unless I can keep them in then I am all for it.
     
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    Also - [​IMG]
     
  7. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

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    What breeds are you considering? Some are more flighty than others. You can also use wing clipping as a way to limit flight abilities.
     
  8. arhawkeye

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    We were looking at Barred Rocks and RIR. But they will share the backyard with my 4 boys and a spoiled rotten (chicken) Boykin Spaniel. Also, does the run have to have a top on it?
     
  9. Folly's place

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    Covered runs are much safer. Keeping your birds safe from predators is most important. Build safe to start, and you'll do a lot less grieving.[​IMG] Mary
     
  10. BayBay Peepers

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    It would be a good idea to cover it. You'd me amazed at what can get through, over, and under a fence.
    We put up a four foot fence to keep our flock out of the garden and they never went over it. I think your fence will be high enough to keep those breeds in :)
     

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