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Which is more space effecient.

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by MusicMan, Sep 15, 2009.

  1. MusicMan

    MusicMan In the Brooder

    Sep 3, 2009
    Kentucky Lake area
    Hi everybody,

    I am designing a chicken coop and run for about 300 hens. (I know it might sound crazy:p) Right now we have about 15 hens just for fun but would like to upsize (alot) to about 300.

    Anyway, since Im designing a coop for such a large number Id like everything to be as space effecient as possible so I dont' have to build a HUGE coop. So which one of these roosting pole designs is more effeciet, or better for cleaning, etc...



    I think I would rather use the first one. But that is just my personal thoughts. Does anyone have any thoughts or ideas?

    Thansk everybody,

  2. pixie74943

    pixie74943 Songster

    May 25, 2009
    Adelaide, Australia
    Just from looking I'd say the first one, would fit more birds, but it would also put them within pecking range of one another.

    and 300?? your definately crazy. I'm not even sure you should keep that many together, I'd hate to see them trying to work out a pecking order between 300 individuals. Maybe they'll form mini-flocks within the big 300 flock... hmmm
  3. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    I would do the first one, but it is all speculation as I haven't had over about 50 at a time. Reason for the first one is that all the birds would be at the same height so no fighting for top roost or pooping on each other if someone sits backwards. Regardless of number, there will always be pecking order issues, and arguably, potentially less when they have a harder time singling out and mobbing a single individual. Grandpa had thousands of chickens and the pecking order issue was never a big deal. Not sure what those roosts looked like back then though.
  4. rebelcowboysnb

    rebelcowboysnb Confederate Money Farm

    1st one would be best for large numbers of birds.
  5. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    The first configuration is AFAIK by far the most commonly used in old commercial poultry barns -- I would imagine that they probably knew what they were doing [​IMG] and would go that route myself.

    Be real careful of trying to be too tricky and space-efficient though. 300 chickens will not necessarily distribute themselves evenly or get along equally well with each other, and a problem arising with 300 chickens is a lot BIGGER problem than one in a flock of only 30. You might consider not trying to scrimp on space any more than necessary, making sure there is extra roost space available, and possibly even splitting the roosts into several distinct areas.

    Reading older poultry books would probably be the most informative, like from around the turn of the century and shortly thereafter, when a 300-chicken flock was a reasonable commercial flock (none of this 3 million hens stuff like today) and a wealth of practical experience was available for manageing that sort of size flock in a non-technologically-complicated way.

    Good luck, have fun,

  6. MusicMan

    MusicMan In the Brooder

    Sep 3, 2009
    Kentucky Lake area
    Thanks everybody for the responses so far.

    Just to get other peoples opinion...

    What would you all recommend the size of a building be for 300 hens. And yes pixie, I know its crazy [​IMG]
    Last edited: Sep 16, 2009
  7. With 300 birds you are going to need some quarantine and chicken hospital space...are all the birds coming from the same source? Vaccinated? Same ages? You know, it might be wiser to increase your flock gradually. And that's a lot of manure...[​IMG]

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