Odd question--chicken height?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by spacetygrss, Sep 5, 2009.

  1. spacetygrss

    spacetygrss Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 24, 2009
    DFW, TX
    I'm drawing up some sketches for a coop and want to put a kind of "mini" run at the bottom (so that the coop is on top, but they can go down the ladder into the fenced in area at the bottom) so that they can still peck around if I have to put them up while I'm away from the house (I plan to let them free-range around the yard as long as we are home).

    Anyhow, I'm trying to figure out how "tall" the average standard chicken is (not bantams and not something large like a Jersey Giant). I'm thinking of something like an Australorp, RIR, etc. I need to know this to build the "mini" run at the bottom of the cage.

  2. KatyTheChickenLady

    KatyTheChickenLady Bird of A Different Feather

    Dec 20, 2008
    Boise, Idaho
    lol I just went and measured my standard size EE for you 16" to the top of the comb . . . but they regularly sqeeze through a 5 inch square in the rabbit hutch to lay their eggs with the bunny.
  3. spacetygrss

    spacetygrss Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 24, 2009
    DFW, TX
    LOL! I can just imagine you trying to get your EE to sit still for a measurement! Anyhow, thanks for that.

    Anyone else? I'm thinking that 18 inches would probably be pretty good.
  4. Princess Amri

    Princess Amri Is Mostly Harmless

    Jul 16, 2009
    best coast
    It really doesn't need to be that big. Chickens can get pretty small when they want to! I have no idea how tall chickens are.
  5. damselfish

    damselfish Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 8, 2008
    Southwest Missouri
    Don't forget to leave yourself an easy opening to get a broom/shovel/whatever in there to clean the mini-run. You don't want to have to lay down to clean it!

    If this involves some kind of wire fencing, consider just making it to a easily available fence height (24, 36?) that will cause you not to have to do any wire cutting.
  6. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

    Sep 14, 2008
    Adair Co., KY
    If you are wondering how high to make the 'run' underneath the coop, I would go with at least 24 inches, but probably more like 30. Our RIR roo is at least 2 feet tall.
  7. leghorn dude

    leghorn dude Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 1, 2008
    Conroe tx
    exactly my black orpington rooster and leghorn rooster are both over 2 ft the hens are prolly 19 inches plus remember you may have to get under there to catch them
    Last edited: Sep 13, 2009
  8. spacetygrss

    spacetygrss Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 24, 2009
    DFW, TX
    Thanks. [​IMG]
  9. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    If it's only a portion of their run, 16" is fine (they will have to scroonch down a little, but it doesn't seem to bother them). However, most of their run should be *at least* 24" high, and as others have said, taller is better, especially for large breeds, active breeds such as leghorns or campines, and/or if you have roosters (who stretch up tall to crow).

    Good luck, have fun,


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