Minimum measurements for Sussex

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Henrik Petersson, Apr 1, 2012.

  1. Henrik Petersson

    Henrik Petersson Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello!

    I am planning on getting five Sussex hens plus one Sussex rooster (all of the large variety). However, I would like to know:

    1. The minimum total roost length required.
    2. The minimum roost diameter required (we have 2" by 3" beams lying around - will they do if I i round off their corners?).
    3. The minimum distance from roost to wall, roost to ceiling, plus roost to roost.
    4. The maximum height of the roost.
    5. The minimum length of side of nest, width of nest, and height of nest.
    6. Minimum number of nests (will two do? I do not plan on letting the hens brood).
    7. Minimum with of poop board - how far from the roost does it have to protrude?

    Sussex are a large breed. Here are their weights from Wikipedia:


    Cock 4.1 kg 9 lbs
    Hen 3.2 kg 7 lbs
    Cockerel 3.4 kg 7.5 lbs
    Pullet 2.7 kg 5.9 lbs


    Thank you! / Henrik
     
  2. citychickx6

    citychickx6 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I hope that helps some.
     
  3. Henrik Petersson

    Henrik Petersson Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Indeed it helped.

    Just a question; what happens if a nest is too large? Will the hens refuse to lie there?
     
  4. Henrik Petersson

    Henrik Petersson Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have one further question: Will natural branches do for roosting for these big chooks, and in that case, what would be the desired diameter?
     
  5. Henrik Petersson

    Henrik Petersson Chillin' With My Peeps

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