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Narrow Run for a couple Urban Chickens

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by NewUrbanGarden, Feb 20, 2016.

  1. NewUrbanGarden

    NewUrbanGarden New Egg

    Feb 20, 2016
    I am considering whether keeping 2 hens on my urban property is feasible. I have a narrow gangway that I am thinking could work, but I am wondering how narrow is too narrow for a chicken run? I would be able to let them out here and there to wonder around my property, but they would have to be supervised, so it may not be daily.

    Thanks for the advice!
  2. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
    Welcome to BYC [​IMG] I think as long as the hens are able to move around and turn around freely in the run, it will be fine. How long and wide is the area you've got? For a run I'd suggest around 12 sq feet per hen, minimum, to keep them comfortably.

    If you look in the Coops tab and also the Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance forum section, there are lots of ideas and tips.
  3. NewUrbanGarden

    NewUrbanGarden New Egg

    Feb 20, 2016
    The space is about 40 feet long, and would only be able to be about 18-24" wide.
  4. NickyKnack

    NickyKnack Love is Silkie soft! Premium Member

    Welcome to BYC and the coop! There's a lot of great peeps here! Feel free to ask lots of questions. But most of all, make yourself at home. I'm so glad you decided to join the BYC family. I look forward to seeing you around BYC. Good luck with building your coop. :)
  5. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Water Under the Bridge Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
  6. RonoKT

    RonoKT Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 29, 2016
    London UK
    I would think that is too narrow for large hens, they would struggle to get past each other. Smaller breeds, or bantams maybe? I'm new to chickens myself but have three broilers (14 weeks) that wouldn't fit past each other in that space.
  7. KeyFlock

    KeyFlock Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 22, 2015
    [​IMG] I'm glad you joined us! Sounds like your space is a little small for them....
  8. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
    That is a bit narrow for standard size chickens, but it should be fine for smaller breeds, like bantams. Some bantams are really small. They'll have plenty space to roam length-wise, so that's good. Have a look through the Breeds tab at the breeds available and if you see anything you like, check the General breed discussions & FAQ forum section for threads on the breeds and see what their keepers and breeder say?
  9. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Would your narrow run area have a view, other than bricks or fence? Birds like to be able to see out. The one good point is a narrow run would be very easy to cover, to keep hawks out, and offer some rain or snow protection. I don't know how chickens would feel, but, generally a long, narrow area causes a lot of bored pacing in other animals.

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