In the Brooder
- Dec 29, 2011
Hello, new here, just ordered 6 silkie batams shipping april 30th. I think I decided on a 4x4 quaker style coop and trying to figure out the run. I have seen the suggested run sizes and not knowing much they seem small to me. I'm sure everybody has an opinion but I am trying to get some ball park sizes. I have plenty of room and cost of building is not an issue. Due to the town restrictions I can only have a max of 6 hens, so I will never have more than that. While I have every intention of letting them out to free range every afternoon, being realistic that isn't going to happen so they will spend a considerably amount of time in the run. So I am looking to build something large enough that they will be happy little chickens as well as I assuming that the larger it is the less amount of time in terms of cleanup etc. I am planning on a construction sand base. I was thinking of something around the 120 square foot size, but did not know if they really only need and want 10sq ft per bird? Any opinions or suggestions would be great!