I think I have found a place to keep a trio of old english bantys for the summer ,but there is a mixed flock of other poulty there and I am worried about them picking on my bantys, I have a small pen that I could most likely use to house them but I want to make sure it is large enough. It is a 1"x1 1/2" welded wire cage that is 18" wide by 24" long and 18" high. If I put this in a safe draft free place would it be a big enough space for a trio of old english. I just want the birds to supply hatching eggs to beable to sell chicks this summer and then sell the adults off as well in the fall. The old english I see around here are really small 6-8" tall birds so I'm hoping this will work. The cage also is some what like a commercial rabbit cage so it has about a 2" dropping pan in the bottom with a slot to pull it in and out, I thought about putting a 1/4" hardware cloth floor over the top dose anybody have and experience with old english on wire vs. straw or pine bedding? also will the 2" or so loss in height make it to small? Just hoping I can do this so I can get some use out of hova-bator it's been about 5 years since i was really able to put it to use and not something I want to get rid of.