Space per Hen

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by gtaff, Jul 28, 2014.

  1. gtaff

    gtaff In the Brooder

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    I am new to owning chickens. It has been pretty fun so far. The girls have not started laying yet. My wife seems to think they do not have enough space. I have 4 hens in a run that is 4x 10 and the coop is 4.5 x 4 with 3 nesting boxes. Any help and suggestions would be appreciated.
     
  2. Folly's place

    Folly's place Free Ranging

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    Welcome!!! I think you are pushing the minimum space per bird, especially if you will have nasty weather when they won't want to go outside. More space is always better! Is your run predator proof, or only okay during the day when you are there? If they can use the entire space all the time, should be fine. Making things predator proof is the most important thins, followed by good ventilation. Mary
     
  3. gtaff

    gtaff In the Brooder

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    So how many in that space would be best. I can not let them out as my Blue heeler likes chicken. My run and coop is very predator proof.
     
  4. Folly's place

    Folly's place Free Ranging

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    If they are all getting along, should be okay. You will need more space when Chicken Math happens! Mary
     
  5. gtaff

    gtaff In the Brooder

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    No chicken math in this hen house. All girls. LOL Thanks
     
  6. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. .....

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    Oh, there are no boys required for chicken math - chicken math comes from more than just breeding [​IMG]
     
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  7. mortie

    mortie Songster

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    ^ this.
     
  8. HickoryHollow

    HickoryHollow Songster

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    I had to laugh at the "chicken math". I started with 4, then 6............then 30........then 36.......Now cleaned out and starting over. I am about to order 48 peeps of various flavors.
     
  9. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Crossing the Road

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    Hickory, I like your "flavor" description.

    Gtaff: your set up is the barest minimum according to recommendations for a flock of 4. The one question I have: Is your run covered and wind protected for the winter? If so, you should be fine. If not, perhaps you might consider doing so.
     
  10. HickoryHollow

    HickoryHollow Songster

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    CRAP! It happened again. I was going to order 48.....somehow that turned into 80! lol....On there way on various dates are the following:

    Dec 15
    12 Barred Rock girls
    2 Barred Rock boys

    Jan. 5th
    24 Golden Buff girls
    2 Golden buff boys

    Jan. 26th,
    12 Buff Orpington girls
    2 Buff Orpington boys

    March 9th
    24 New Hampshire Red girls
    2 New Hampshire Red boys

    How does this happen? Hope my DW wanted peeps for Christmas! ;-)
     

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