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space needed for chooks

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by mitchellfamily, Oct 19, 2013.

  1. mitchellfamily

    mitchellfamily New Egg

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    Hi everyone, we a new here, we want to build a chook house , I was going to get a small shed cut a cat door out of the back of it for there door , and use the main door to collect eggs cleaning e.t.c. how big does the shed need to be for them to sleep , lay in and what size run would best suit 4 hens thanks.
     
  2. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    Welcome to BYC [​IMG] The rule of thumb is 4 sq feet floor space per chicken in the coop and 10 sq ft per chicken in the run. You can go smaller, if needed, but with chickens bigger is always better. If you allow them more space the chickens will be happier, stay out of each others feathers and you'll have less behavioural problems to deal with. Especially in winter or when the weather is otherwise and they will want to stay inside. There are some designs in the Coops section that you can look at to give you ideas. You can also post pics of your set up in the Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance section and ask for advice and input there. We have some ingenious coop designers here :) Enjoy the site!
     
  3. All Henned Up

    All Henned Up Muffs or Tufts

    Welcome and enjoy!
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  4. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Out of the Woods Premium Member

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  5. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Hello :frow and Welcome to BYC!
     
  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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