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Keeping an odd number of chickens (3 hens)

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Gear, Feb 13, 2014.

  1. Gear

    Gear Out Of The Brooder

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    Evening all, just a quick thread to ask the question, will keeping 3 light Sussex hens be a problem? I'm new to keeping chickens and I love Sussex hens but the only locally available ones are a trio of around 30 weeks old. I just hope that keeping 3 will not be a problem due to pecking order and etc. my coop and run can house 4 to 5 medium sized chickens. Apologise for such a nobody question, thanks for your time ;)
     
  2. chickencoop789

    chickencoop789 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Not a problem :)
     
  3. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    Good morning right back at you! Isn't it great talking to folks on the other side of the world?

    3 hens will be fine. My only concern is...how large is your coop, measured? Lots of folks purchase coops that say they're large enough for a specific number of birds, but each bird would only get 1-2 square feet. Good rule of thumb is 4 square feet per bird in the coop, and 10 each in the run. More space in the coop is better if your birds will be spending more time in there due to rain or other foul weather.
     
  4. chickencoop789

    chickencoop789 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh yeah :welcome
    Where are my manners? ;)
     
  5. Gear

    Gear Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you for the warm welcome :).

    Here is the coop I purchased a week ago,
    http://www.chickencoopsdirect.com/chicken-coops-kent.htm


    Kent Coop Dimensions:
    • Nesting box area : Width 49cm x Depth 30.5cm
    • Nesting box (in inches): W 19.2" x D 12"
    • Nesting box area: 1.60 square feet
    • Internal housing area: Width 80.5cm x Depth 56cm
    • Internal housing area (in inches): W 31.6" x D 22"
    • Internal housing area: 4.85 square feet
    Kent Run Dimensions:
    • Kent Run external dimensions : L138 cm x W 82.5 cm x H 75 cm
    • Kent Run extrenal dimensions (in inches): L 54.1" x W 32.4"
    • Kent Run internal dimensions : L137cm x W 80 cm x H 73.5cm
    • Kent Run internal dimensions : L 53.9" x W 31.4" x H 28.9"
    • Kent Run Area: 11.79 square feet
     
  6. Gear

    Gear Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for the warm welcome,

    I posted this with a link but due to moderation wont come through so soon, so I'll just post the dimensions.

    Kent Coop Dimensions:
    • Nesting box area : Width 49cm x Depth 30.5cm
    • Nesting box (in inches): W 19.2" x D 12"
    • Nesting box area: 1.60 square feet
    • Internal housing area: Width 80.5cm x Depth 56cm
    • Internal housing area (in inches): W 31.6" x D 22"
    • Internal housing area: 4.85 square feet
    Kent Run Dimensions:
    • Kent Run external dimensions : L138 cm x W 82.5 cm x H 75 cm
    • Kent Run extrenal dimensions (in inches): L 54.1" x W 32.4"
    • Kent Run internal dimensions : L137cm x W 80 cm x H 73.5cm
    • Kent Run internal dimensions : L 53.9" x W 31.4" x H 28.9"
    • Kent Run Area: 11.79 square feet


    I hope this is okay for 3 hens, Light sussex specifically.

    Thanks :)
     
  7. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    Sorry, I think that's way too small. Personally, I'd only house one chicken in a coop/run that size. If you recently purchased it, see if you can return it and look for or build something larger, at least 3 times the size.
     
  8. Gear

    Gear Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks fir responding, that's fine. I'll see what I can do and if I can find a much larger coop and run.
    thanks :)
     

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