Run big enough?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by macpac32003, Feb 16, 2014.

  1. macpac32003

    macpac32003 Out Of The Brooder

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    I am converting our 8x8 playhouse into a chicken coop and am in the process of building a run. I plan on having 6 chickens. Will an 8x12 run be big enough?
     
  2. Egghead_Jr

    Egghead_Jr Overrun With Chickens

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    Yes.
     
  3. annagarret

    annagarret Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think so...do you have a picture? That sounds like a great idea [​IMG]
     
  4. macpac32003

    macpac32003 Out Of The Brooder

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    We haven't built the run yet. We are just starting on it. Keeping my fingers crossed!
     
  5. annagarret

    annagarret Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What kinds of breeds are you getting?
     
  6. macpac32003

    macpac32003 Out Of The Brooder

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    I am thinking maybe buff orphingtons. I don't want bantam chickens because they are more flighty.
     
  7. Alaskan

    Alaskan The Frosted Flake

    But, bantams are smaller, so also more snugly.


    My boys love bantams.


    But wait, perhaps you want chickens for PRACTICAL reasons! [​IMG] The bantams don't usually lay as well, that is true.



    As a compromise, we have practical chickens and "super cute" snuggle chickens.


    My point, simply because bantams tend to fly very well (netting or wire on the top of your runs is the best choice) does not mean that they don't love people.
     
  8. macpac32003

    macpac32003 Out Of The Brooder

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    Interesting point. I just don't want to be chasing chickens all over the neighborhood. We are very suburban and the ordinance has just passed...I will have wire on top of the run but want to be safe. I do want to have sunggly chickens though. :)
     
  9. Alaskan

    Alaskan The Frosted Flake

    I completely understand!

    What breeds have you decided on?
     
  10. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    Good rule of thumb is 4 square feet in the coop and 10 square feet in the run per bird. You're well above that, and your chickens will probably thank you! Having more space usually means you have less behaviors from your hens, they're happier and get along better when they're not crowded right on top of each other all the time.

    Orpingtons are a good choice for backyard flocks, they're calm and docile and get along with people well. I advise folks who are new to chickens to try a few different breeds when they start, to see what they like best. Some folks like a flock that is all the same, I prefer a varied flock. Plus, having different breeds makes it so much easier to tell the birds apart. Honestly, one barred Rock or buff Orpington looks pretty much like another....same for most breeds. Also why I pitch Easter eggers, they have enough variation in color you can usually tell them apart. Plus, who doesn't like blue or green eggs?
     

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