- Jun 28, 2011
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A general rule when it comes to housing chickens is the more space you give them, the better. The ideal of course being letting them free range and overnight in a spacious coop. But for many backyard chicken keepers this is not possible, so they have choice but to confine their flocks in a secure coop and run. That brings us to this week's topic: how much space for your flock? I would like to hear you all's thoughts and practices on:
- What is the minimum space per bird (bantam and large fowl) that you feel should be provided in the coop to keep your flock comfortable, happy and out of each others' feathers?
- The above again, but this time for the chicken run, where the flock is unable to free range and are confined permanently.
- What about winter months and other foul weather days when the flock is confined to sheltered areas? How do you manage space and ensure the flock stays comfortable and happy when they are unable to go outside at all?
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