Pair and trio cage sizes?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by poultrycrazy, Nov 15, 2011.

  1. poultrycrazy

    poultrycrazy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How big should an inside cage be for a pair of silkies? and a trio? What about a large silkie rooster and a silkie hen?

    How about a pair of bantam cochins?

    Bantam polish pair? they are larger also

    And small old english pairs?
     
  2. WyandotteTX

    WyandotteTX Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I built my cages 3ft x 4ft x 2 ft tall. Usually kept a trio, even up to a quad if they were small enough.

    Here are some pics. Hope this helps you out.

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  3. poultrycrazy

    poultrycrazy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks! anybody else?
     
  4. CupOJoe42

    CupOJoe42 CT Chicken Whisperer

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    According to Storey's Guide to Raising Chickens:
    (Numbers represent square feet per bird)

    Caged
    Bantam 12-20 weeks 55
    Bantam 21+weeks 70
    Light 12-20 weeks 60
    Light 21+ weeks 75


    Confined Housing
    Bantam 12-20 weeks 3.5
    Bantam 21+weeks 5.0
    Light 12-20 weeks 5.0
    Light 21+ weeks 7.5


    Open House
    Bantam 12-20 weeks 1.5
    Bantam 21+weeks 2.0
    Light 12-20 weeks 2.0
    Light 21+ weeks 3.0
     
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  5. LakeMurrySC

    LakeMurrySC Out Of The Brooder

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    Just to make sure that I am reading this correctly. If I have a Bantam coop I would need to have 5sqft per bird for the actual coop? Or am I totally missing that? I thought for a standard bird suggested is 4sqft per bird. I would think that since a bantam is smaller that they would need less room... I'm about to do some cages and also build a bantam coop so this is great info just want to make sure that interpret this correctly.
     
  6. CrestedGirl

    CrestedGirl Polish Obsessed

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  7. CupOJoe42

    CupOJoe42 CT Chicken Whisperer

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    Here's the way I understand the chart:

    "Open House" means that you have a coop with an accessible run. The size for Open House is the coop size. The size for Confined Housing is for the run size. (Square foot per bird.)

    "Caged" means that the bird will remain in a cage without access to an outside run.
     
  8. LakeMurrySC

    LakeMurrySC Out Of The Brooder

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  9. conny63malies

    conny63malies Overrun With Chickens

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    Quote:i think you forgot some commas there or do we really needs 75sqf for one caged pullet???
     
  10. CupOJoe42

    CupOJoe42 CT Chicken Whisperer

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    I didn't leave out any commas. They really do recommend 75 sq ft per bird for a caged light breed. By caged, they mean that they will NOT be given access to any outside run. Example: An 8 x 10 cage is 80 square feet. The chart is on page 66 of Storey's Guide to Raising Chickens by Gail Damerow if you don't want to believe me.

    If you want to use a cage for a short term period, and let's say you let the chicken free range when you are out, then you can use the following dimensions as a guide. A cage must be roomy enough for a chicken to stretch its neck, wings, and legs without touching the sides or top. Add 6" if you plan to install roosts. (Damerow 79)

    1 bird 30"w x 24"d x 24"h
    2 birds 27"w x 32"d x 24"h
    3 birds 46"w x 32"d x 24"h
     
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