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Run Size? PLEASE HELP

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by PoesAccomplice, May 28, 2016.

  1. PoesAccomplice

    PoesAccomplice Out Of The Brooder

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    We have a flock of seven chickens, and we already have a coop for them. How big should their run be? I was thinking 10x20. Is that enough? They are standard size, not bantam.
     
  2. BruceAZ

    BruceAZ Chillin' With My Peeps

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    10'x20' run for 7 chickens ? plenty of space :)

    for run space 4-10 sq ft per bird should be sufficient.

    i have 5 chickens and their run is only 4'x8' but i'll let them out to free range in my yard for about 1 hour or so each day

    so you are providing plenty of space for you chickens :) They should be ok in that run 24/7
     
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  3. PoesAccomplice

    PoesAccomplice Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you so much.
     
  4. CTKen

    CTKen Monkey business Premium Member

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    Generally, the more space you can provide for your flock, the better. You may want to consider chicken maths - its gets us all in the end! Having a couple of feeding stations will reduce tensions also.

    CT
     
  5. ejcrist

    ejcrist Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You should be A-ok for the number of chickens you have. I have 25 and my attached run is 10'X25' which is only slightly larger than yours. But like CTKen said, please take chicken math into account. I didn't and I'm currently in the process of building a 5-bay coop and run that'll dwarf my current setup, and I'm not kidding either. Actually I'm building it for breeding, but gosh, not even a year ago I thought all I wanted was a couple of chickens for manure for my gardens and maybe a couple of eggs and some shake-n-bake once in awhile. Chicken math is a very real and dangerous disease that's worse than the crack epidemic in the 80's.
     
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  6. Debora Cadene

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    Pardon my ignorance...but what is chicken maths????
     
  7. BruceAZ

    BruceAZ Chillin' With My Peeps

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    7 chickens in a 10'x20'

    i think you can consider your chickens as free range :)

    feed them organic feeds.. better yet those with non-gmo, NO- corn,soy,canola

    for organic free range eggs :)
     
  8. waddles99

    waddles99 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Basically, once you get chickens, its very possible you'll get hooked and be getting more.
     
  9. ejcrist

    ejcrist Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What wattles99 said. It's hard to be satisfied with what you have and you'll likely want more when you find out how fun it is raising them. I knew I was in trouble after about the first day or two of getting them. I knew right off I should've built a bigger coop and run.
     
  10. RonC

    RonC Chillin' With My Peeps

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    City fixed my problem of chicken math. Only 4 hens allowed Of course I could move.
     

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