would this suffice as a run?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by rosyposyosy, Aug 12, 2007.

  1. rosyposyosy

    rosyposyosy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 11, 2007
    in the next house i was thinking of a dog kennel for a run as i hate dealing with chicken wire. they would only be in the run when i am at work/nobody's home. i have a banty, a maran, and an EE (so you know the size of each bird) would a 6x6x4 be ok? or even less, would a 4x6x6 be ok. keep in mind, they would probably only be in there for 8 hours a day or less.

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  2. Frozen Feathers

    Frozen Feathers Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 4, 2007
    Maine
    Looks good! You could up to 6 birds in the 4x6, so plenty of room.
     
  3. rosyposyosy

    rosyposyosy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 11, 2007
    thats great news! so what is the minimum total square feet i could have for a run?
     
  4. Frozen Feathers

    Frozen Feathers Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 4, 2007
    Maine
    It's should be 4 sq feet per bird, so 12 square feet for 3 birds. The banty could do with less, but why bother? The more room, the happier they'll be. [​IMG]
     
  5. rosyposyosy

    rosyposyosy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 11, 2007
    ok! thanks for the info! they will only be there when i'm not home, i let them free range but not when i leave the house. (i dont trust catS) thanks for your help. does anyone know a good place to get cheap dog kennels?
     
  6. BeckyLa

    BeckyLa Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 11, 2007
    N. Louisiana
    I think the 4 sq ft per bird guideline is for the coop. Outside run space should be 10 sq ft per bird.
     
  7. rosyposyosy

    rosyposyosy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 11, 2007
    what if they were only going to be in there when i'm not home?
     
  8. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    It works for a couple of birds but you will still need to run hardware cloth around the lower portion (say 2ft high) because cats, racoons, weasels, rats, etc can squeeze in or at the least get a very sharp paw in to snatch one of your chickens. Small chickens can even squeeze out of the holes in chain link fence. I know this because I have seen a cat take its paw and kill a chicken almost instantly through the fence.
     
  9. BeckyLa

    BeckyLa Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 11, 2007
    N. Louisiana
    Well, you said in your first post 8 hrs a day or less. 8 hrs a day is a long time for a chicken. I think it would be ok for the 3 birds you mentioned, but I wouldn't add any more. I would add an outdoor roost, though, once they get used to roosting in their house. And some shade for the heat of the day. Also, like MissPrissy said, a small chicken could get out. So look at the size of your banty, some are very small, and see it she can squeeze out say around the gate. And, yes, you will need the hardware cloth like she said and wire over the top to keep preditory birds out and critters, like cats, coons, etc, from climbing over and getting in.
     
    Last edited: Aug 12, 2007
  10. rosyposyosy

    rosyposyosy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 11, 2007
    so what is the minimum square footage for a run?
     

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