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    • CommentAuthordarthalcho
    • CommentTimeApr 26th, 2012 2:29pm (Apr 26th 2012)
    There are so many different types of coops out there what types does everyone have. I intend to have a large run for my clucks. I have 2 rabbits is it ok to keep them all in the same run living together.
    Help please
    • CommentTimeApr 26th, 2012 4:08pm (Apr 26th 2012) edited

    Keeper of the hens

    You want the biggest coop you can afford (by coop I mean the house and the run, seeing as you want to keep them confined). How many hens do you have? We had three adult standard size hens living in a 12 x 4 x 5 (LxWxH) foot coop and they were allowed to free-range occasionally, there's only 2 in there now so it's very roomy for them.

    In the hen house you want a nest box, one good sized nest box between three hens is suggested, and you want perches too. It helps if the perches are higher than the nest box, as most hens choose to sleep in the highest point, and you need 30cm room on the perch for each hen. If you have / are getting a heavy breed, don't make the perches too high otherwise they can hurt their legs jumping up and down.

    As for rabbits living with chickens, I've read that you're not supposed to as one can bully the other...but I know quite a few people who have rabbits and chickens living together successfully. CC on this forum is one! I figure as long as they all have room it'll be fine.

    This is our coop, the sleeping area is raised from the ground providing useful shelter underneath where we have a sandpit for dust baths! We added a small extension to the back too :smile:
    • CommentTimeApr 26th, 2012 4:12pm (Apr 26th 2012) edited

    Keeper of the hens

    Oh, also, don't believe it when a coop says 'suitable for 6 - 10 chickens' etc. Nine times out of ten they are lying, always check the size of the run yourself, and remember that chickens are large animals and like to have room to roam, scrat and dust bathe. The first chicken coop site I just went on was selling a 5x2x2 foot coop as being suitable for 3 - 4 standard size hens!

    Someone I know recently bought some chickens, and bought a house & run that was sold as being big enough for double the number of hens they were getting...when it arrived it was tiny and they now have to let them free-range as it's cruel to keep them in it...which has resulted in chickens flying fences and breaking the flower beds haha :tooth:
    • CommentAuthordarthalcho
    • CommentTimeApr 27th, 2012 10:02am (Apr 27th 2012)
    As you can see I'm in the process of landscaping our huge garden and will be dedicating a large area to the chickens and rabbits.possibly the corner this pic was taken from I was going to have them closer to. the house but someone told my wife they encourage rats . Hopefully have garden finished for summer if this monsoon weather we are having stops for long enough.
    • CommentTimeApr 27th, 2012 10:13pm (Apr 27th 2012)
    I've never heard that they encourage rats. Rats are usually attracted by left over food - an easy meal - so I suspect it's more a case of being attracted to scattered excess food or if the hens free range then to their food source. Does anyone know any different or have tips for preventing such a thing?

    That's a huge garden - I hope you have a lawn mower to match!!!!! What lucky hens you'll have!