Would a 4ft wide by 8 ft long big enough for a pair of bantams?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Chickadee-23, Feb 2, 2016.

  1. Chickadee-23

    Chickadee-23 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 3 pair of bantams and I'm making a new coop for them that has 3 sections each section will be 4ft width by 8 ft long with a small house attach to it about 2ft off ground the height of coop be about 7 to 8 foot, and have a slope going down towards the back at about 6ft high so water will run off roof each sections roof be cover in metal roofing, this coop will be built safe from predators including snakes. I have 2 old english game pair that are 1 hen & 1 roo, & then i have a silkie trio pair of 2 hens & 1 roo. So my question is will each section i describe be big enough for these 3 pairs? Thanks
     
  2. 21hens-incharge

    21hens-incharge Overrun With Chickens

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    So the entire space including coop would be 4x8? or is this the run space only?

    Either way I think you would be ok since they are bantams and not a lot of them in each group. If you can make it larger that is always better.

    I know those dimensions are easier to work with.

    Are the three sections going to be connected to each other? It would cut down the fencing needed and the framing work too I think. Or are they going to be more like movable tractors?

    I did a google search for breeding pens for chickens and there are a ton of ideas there.
    https://www.google.com/search?q=bre...t32jNrKAhXJMGMKHVyPBkIQ7AkIZA&biw=956&bih=634

    This is what I am picturing
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  3. Chickadee-23

    Chickadee-23 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes something like that picture and yes each section will be 4ft by 8ft. I think this be good enough I'm not adding any hens to make trios or more i had trios & when both my game hens had babies they attack each other & killed the babies so I'm not doing that again i find that 1&1 ratio works good for game breeds in my experience. Thank you im get started on it this weekend.
     
  4. chicklover 1998

    chicklover 1998 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes that will work for each bird you need about 4 sq. foot in the coop and 10 in the run, that would be enough for 8 regular sized birds so your birds will have plenty of room. I wish I had that amount of room for my birds they have the min. because their coop's roof broke down in the 6 mo. we had it that is what you get for buying something pre made lesson learned I guess, so now they are in my garage in a doggie pen 8 foot tall, and get let out for most of the day.
     
  5. 21hens-incharge

    21hens-incharge Overrun With Chickens

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    I think your math may be off. A 4x8 run and coop combo is only 32 sq feet so 3 adult birds maximum at the 10sq ft in the run.
     
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    21hens-incharge Overrun With Chickens

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    I am glad to have been able to help,
    I am also glad to see you are not in the snow zone like I am. We have well over a foot of new snow so no building outside for me for quite a while yet.

    Be sure to post pics when you get all set up. I know I really like to see what others have made and learn from them along the way.
     
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  8. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    But remember the OP has bantams, not full size birds.

    I'm currently housing 6 bantams (Cochin and silkies) in a 6x10 pen. Until this week, it was also a grow-out pen with 5 pullets, around 2-4 months. They all did fine together. The bantams are all mature birds who are low on drama, and the littles just fit in where they could. It was getting crowded, so I moved the pullets to an open pen. The bantams in that space are quite happy and content. I do have multiple roosts they spend part of the day on, just to add variety in space.

    As with any animal, you'll just have to watch them and see how everyone in that particular mix gets along. Some individual birds are crabby and need more space. Some do just fine living a little closer together---just like people [​IMG]
     
  9. Chickadee-23

    Chickadee-23 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Here's a pic of my new coop so far gonna paint it tomorrow to keep wood from rotting!! :)
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  10. 21hens-incharge

    21hens-incharge Overrun With Chickens

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    I like the progress so far. I also think it is good that it is tall enough to walk into. I see so many runs that are great height for chickens but a real pain in the back for humans. Nice work.
     

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