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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by sam1980, Jan 24, 2014.

  1. sam1980

    sam1980 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi all. Im hoping to own a few bantam chickens as pets. We have a small garden and are not worried about having lots of eggs.

    I've been offered cornish game bantams that are point of lay.

    I was thinking 3 or 4. So what size run would they need? And is there anything I need to know about the breed?

    I have found info about bantams and coop size but these seem smaller than some bantams.


    Looking forward to hearing from you all.

    Off to keep looking through the posts
     
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  2. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC! For bantams the general rule of thumb seems to be about half the space you what you want for a standard bird, 2 sq feet inside the coop and 4-5 outside, but it is always a good idea to go bigger if you can, especially if you have bad winters and the birds will have to stay inside a lot... chickens tend to be happier with more space and take chicken math into account... you will probably want more.
    There are some cornish threads if you want to talk to people who have them, a lot of short threads if you want to do a search, and the main longer one seem to be a bantam & standard one https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/398955/cornish-thread and the bantam one https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/289805/bantam-cornish-anyone/70 and a couple years ago they had a picture show on them, some pretty birds https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/532927/cornish-bantams
     
  3. Alaskan

    Alaskan The Frosted Flake

    Larger is always better, so I would suggest getting the largest coop and run you can fit into your yard,

    But I am not familiar with that breed in particular.
     
  4. sam1980

    sam1980 Out Of The Brooder

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    Great links thanks.

    How can I work out the coop/run size by the sq ft. Im hoping for four hens.
     
  5. gander007

    gander007 Chicken Obsessed

    Alright [​IMG] great to have ya here [​IMG]





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    I try to get at least 5 sq feet per bird but that is a minimum [​IMG]



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    And plenty of my own space [​IMG]


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    Have extra cages for the unexpected [​IMG]


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    And keep aware of predators [​IMG]


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    Do not for get about chicken math if you have a rooster [​IMG]





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  6. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

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    Hi there, [​IMG] and welcome to BYC!

    Great to have you aboard and enjoy BYC!
     
  7. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] Glad you joined us!
     
  8. sam1980

    sam1980 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks all. Such friendly replies. Im in the UK. So only have foxes to worry about.
     
  9. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Check out the BYC Learning Center for info and the Coops forum for ideas.
    This is a manf of chicken waterers, they have some basic calculators on their site for chicken things, feed, water, space etc (most are for standard so divide in half) http://www.chickenwaterer.com/Chicken-Caluclators-s/1842.htm
    For the coop/run figure on 2 square feet of usable space per bantam inside and 4/5 outside at least... remember that the nesting boxes, feeders/waterers etc will take up space... you need about 6" of roosting space per bantam also... most of the little coops that you see for sale aren't big enough for the number of birds they say so don't necessarily go by their claims.
    By square foot they usually just mean the floor/ground space... So a coop that is 4x4 with a 4x8 run will have 16 sq/f of space inside and 32 sq/f outside... but some of the inside space will be taken up by the feeders/waterers and nesting boxes, so lets say you are left with 12 sq/f, that would be enough for about 6 bantams maximum.... the run at 4x8 would give you 32 sq/f so just over 5 per bird.
     
  10. sam1980

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    Thanks. Generally we hang the feeders and water feeders so im assuming then they won't come into to floor space.
     

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