So when you breed chickens in pens....

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Chickengirl1304, Sep 29, 2012.

  1. Chickengirl1304

    Chickengirl1304 Songster

    May 5, 2012
    Do they have their own little house to sleep in at night or do they just sleep in the pen or cage?
  2. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    If the pen is in a barn, then the pen might be ok by itself.

    If the cage/pen is in the elements outside, the chickens will need shelter from the wind, rain, sun, cold, etc. and you would need a coop inside the pen.

    Also it must be predator proof. Coops are best because they are tight against predators. 1/2 inch hardware cloth is the only way to go for coop window coverings.

    Usual square foot recommendations on BYC are as follows: 4 square feet per chicken in coop PLUS 10 square feet per chicken in the pen.

    More is better- they always like a larger pen. Free ranging is the greatest, in a chickens' eyes, but you loose some from predation.
    Last edited: Sep 29, 2012
  3. Mac14

    Mac14 Songster

    Jul 21, 2012
    Northern California

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