What size run?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by mrsteiner, Aug 5, 2011.

  1. mrsteiner

    mrsteiner Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 28, 2011
    Davison, MI
    I have five hens who live very happily in the 3 X 5 hen house on wheels (Chez Shelly) that my husband built for me. My question is about the size of the run we attached. Since it's built on a wagon base, we move it every day to the pasture, the garden and in the yard. The girls get fresh green stuff to scratch and bugs to eat every day--but the run is only 3' X 6'. They don't seem to mind, but now that they are 18 weeks old they practically fill it up when they are all outside. Should it be bigger?[​IMG]
  2. galanie

    galanie Treat Dispenser No More

    Aug 20, 2010
    If I remember correctly, and I might not, the suggested space per chicken is 10 sq. ft., run and coop combined. Whether the most footage is in the coop or the run depends on the weather in your area. If you are in a warm climate, you need a smaller coop and larger run, etc.

    I'd say yes, you do need a bigger run for them to be comfortable and avoid problems when they grow up.
  3. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
    Love that little hen house! It's cute!
    The run is a bit small though...

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