Mar 19, 2014

Maximizing Space Available when Adding Chickens to the Flock

Anyone who has kept chickens for more than ten minutes knows that the urge to add more birds to the existing flock is ever-present. This urge is commonly referred to as “Chicken Math” and it peaks in early spring when adorable baby chicks begin arriving in feed stores. The desire to add different breeds and feather patterns to a backyard flock and a rainbow of eggshell colors to an egg basket all contribute to the formidable force we know as Chicken Math and the only compelling constraint on this force is space.
Anyone who has kept chickens for more than ten minutes knows that the urge to add more birds to the existing flock is ever-present. This urge is commonly referred to as “Chicken Math” and it peaks in early spring when adorable baby chicks begin arriving in feed stores. The desire to add different breeds and feather patterns to a backyard flock and a rainbow of eggshell colors to an egg basket all contribute to the formidable force we know as Chicken Math and the only compelling constraint on this force is space.
The space available inside a chicken coop determines the maximum number of birds that can be  housed in it, but with a little creativity it is possible to expand one’s flock short of hiring a contractor to build an in-law apartment onto the existing coop while simultaneously providing birds with enough room to have happy, healthy lives.
The space available inside a chicken coop determines the maximum number of birds that can be  housed in it, but with a little creativity it is possible to expand one’s flock short of hiring a contractor to build an in-law apartment onto the existing coop while simultaneously providing birds with enough room to have happy, healthy lives.
When calculating how many chickens can be housed comfortably inside a coop, the rule of thumb is four square feet of space per full sized bird. Outside the coop, the rule of thumb for a fenced outdoor run or yard is ten square feet per full sized bird. There are a number of variables that allow some flexibility within those parameters, but overcrowding must be avoided.
SQUARE FOOTAGE
When calculating how many chickens can be housed comfortably inside a coop, the rule of thumb is four square feet of space per full sized bird. Outside the coop, the rule of thumb for a fenced outdoor run or yard is ten square feet per full sized bird. There are a number of variables that allow some flexibility within those parameters, but overcrowding must be avoided.
"Are you going to finish that?"
"Are you going to finish that?"
Keeping chickens in crowding conditions is to be avoided due to the dangers it poses. Chickens explore their world with their beaks and the closer they are in proximity to one another, the more likely they are to explore one another by picking, which can escalate to cannibalism. One chicken investigating an emerging pin feather, an insect or fleck of food on a neighbor’s body can result in a minor skin wound that risks becoming a life-threatening injury inflicted by many curious chickens. Crowded chickens may also begin picking at each other aggressively to enforce their positions in the flock social hierarchy. Bearing in mind those concerns, there are several ways to add chickens to an existing flock without overcrowding.
Keeping chickens in crowding conditions is to be avoided due to the dangers it poses. Chickens explore their world with their beaks and the closer they are in proximity to one another, the more likely they are to explore one another by pecking.
Serama hen and rooster.
SCALE UP BY DOWNSIZING
Since bantam chickens are much smaller than full sized birds, they require approximately half the space required by their larger flock-mates. Acquiring bantam birds provides a two-for-one Chicken Math opportunity.
SCALE UP BY DOWNSIZING Since bantam chickens are much smaller than full sized birds, they require approximately half the space required by their larger flock-mates. Acquiring bantam birds provides a two-for-one Chicken Math opportunity.
Bantam Cochin vs Large Fowl Cochin
Raise nest boxes. If nest boxes are at floor level they can be raised and wall-mounted to free up valuable floor space. If nest boxes are fully contained within the coop they can be re-designed to extend out from an exterior coop wall with an egg access door.
Built-out nest boxes raised off floor
MAXIMIZE INDOOR SPACE
• Raise nest boxes. If nest boxes are at floor level they can be raised and wall-mounted to free up valuable floor space. If nest boxes are fully contained within the coop they can be re-designed to extend out from an exterior coop wall with an egg access door.
Raise nest boxes. If nest boxes are at floor level they can be raised and wall-mounted to free up valuable floor space. If nest boxes are fully contained within the coop they can be re-designed to extend out from an exterior coop wall with an egg access door.
Outside view of built-out nest boxes.
· Raise roosts and add a droppings board. Roosts can also be wall-mounted versus a ladder style roost system that attaches to the floor. Adding a suspended droppings board beneath the roosts creates clean, usable floor space.
Raise roosts and add a droppings board. Roosts can also be wall-mounted versus a ladder style roost system that attaches to the floor. Adding a suspended droppings board beneath the roosts creates clean, usable floor space.
The "After" photo shows that the roosts were raised, the droppings pit was removed, a suspended droppings board was added and the feeder & waterer were moved out of the coop; all of these minor modifications made approximately 16 square feet of floor space available in a 4'x6' coop, essentially doubling the coop's capacity.
Move feeders and waterers. If feasible, move feeders and waterers out of the coop into the run. Not only will this free up floor space inside the coop, it will reduce the risk of attracting rodents to the coop while keeping the litter drier and healthier when chickens are confined to the coop. If moving the feeder out into the run is not a viable option, employing wall-mounted feeders instead of hanging or free-standing feeders will accomplish the same objective. If the waterer cannot be moved outside, a wall-mounted, PVC poultry nipple watering system will open up square footage that free-standing waterers had occupied.
• Move feeders and waterers. If feasible, move feeders and waterers out of the coop into the run. Not only will this free up floor space inside the coop, it will reduce the risk of attracting rodents to the coop while keeping the litter drier and healthier when chickens are confined to the coop. If moving the feeder out into the run is not a viable option, employing wall-mounted feeders instead of hanging or free-standing feeders will accomplish the same objective. If the waterer cannot be moved outside, a wall-mounted, PVC poultry nipple watering system will open up square footage that free-standing waterers had occupied.
While moving the feeder out of the coop is ideal, if that is not feasible, a wall-mounted feeder is a good alternative to free up floor space.
Instructions for this PVC feeder can be found HERE.
MAXIMIZE OUTDOOR SPACE      
The variable that grants the most flexibility in adding to one’s flock is the amount of outdoor space available to the birds.
Free-range if possible. Flocks that freely roam outside any enclosure require a great deal less space inside the coop and run than flocks that are confined to them. Free-range chickens ordinarily spend very little time inside the coop- they will enter the coop to lay eggs and roost at night, but the majority of their time is spent outside, foraging. There are times such as during inclement weather, when even free-range chickens will not have access to open space and the run then becomes the most important space available to the flock.
· Free-range if possible. Flocks that freely roam outside any enclosure require a great deal less space inside the coop and run than flocks that are confined to them. Free-range chickens ordinarily spend very little time inside the coop- they will enter the coop to lay eggs and roost at night, but the majority of their time is spent outside, foraging. There are times such as during inclement weather, when even free-range chickens will not have access to open space and the run then becomes the most important space available to the flock.
This photo was taken just prior to Hurricane Irene in October, 2012. If my chickens could have gotten hold of tin cups, they would have been rattling them on the jailhouse bars.
This photo was taken just prior to Hurricane Irene in October, 2012. If my chickens could have gotten hold of tin cups, they would have been rattling them on the jailhouse bars.
Expand and cover the run.  The bigger the outdoor enclosure, the greater opportunity chickens have to relax and enjoy their personal space without worrying about defending their position in the pecking order. A covered run provides protection from the beating sun in hot weather as well as an opportunity for chickens to get out of the coop during rainy, cold, snowy or otherwise lousy weather.
· Expand and cover the run.  The bigger the outdoor enclosure, the greater opportunity chickens have to relax and enjoy their personal space without worrying about defending their position in the pecking order. A roofed or otherwise covered run provides protection from the beating sun in hot weather as well as an opportunity for chickens to get out of the coop during rainy, windy or cold, snowy weather.
Expand and cover the run.  The bigger the outdoor enclosure, the greater opportunity chickens have to relax and enjoy their personal space without worrying about defending their position in the pecking order. A covered run provides protection from the beating sun in hot weather as well as an opportunity for chickens to get out of the coop during rainy, cold, snowy or otherwise lousy weather.
· Suspend feeders and waterers. Utilizing wall-mounted poultry nipple waterers and feeders maximizes available run space. Supplying multiple feeders and water stations will minimize the risk of disputes over access to them at any given time.
Add roosts. Adding suspended roosts adds vertical space in the run and gives birds a refuge when needed.
· Add roosts. Adding suspended roosts adds vertical space in the run and gives birds a refuge when needed.
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Kathy Shea Mormino, The Chicken Chick®

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  2. I think I figured out "Chicken math".... build more coops! This combo pack would come in very handy!

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  3. Kelly Mosley3/19/14, 8:25 AM

    Chicken math! Love it!!!! I'm getting a new shed for my lawn mowers and stuff so I can turn my old shed into a giant coop. That will be a total of five coops, lol! I'm hoping to get rid of three of the shabby ones when that's done :)

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  4. Tony Gilnett3/19/14, 9:17 AM

    Cool, Thanks

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  5. TheChickenChick3/19/14, 9:17 AM

    FIVE?! LOL!! Impressive, Kelly!

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  6. TheChickenChick3/19/14, 9:18 AM

    Lol! That's one way to go about it. :)

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  7. Courtney Cloe3/19/14, 9:20 AM

    Thanks for the giveaway chance! I can't wait to start my chickens; we close on our little farm today!

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  8. Great article on freeing up space in the coop. We have 18 chicks in the brooder and am already thinking of adding on! Thanks for the chance to win.

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  9. Kim Collins Hunt3/19/14, 9:22 AM

    Oh so timely. We're trying to decide right now if we are going to incorporate the new littles into our existing coop when grown, or build another.

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  10. The Aqua Miser looks great! Always want more access to water for the chickens. Specially on warm days!

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  11. I would love to win the Avian Aqua Miser pack! A great addition to my growing (aka Chicken Math :) ) coop! Thank you for all the great information you share. It's been very helpful!

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  12. Lisa Carroll3/19/14, 9:23 AM

    Cool give away... Thanks!

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  13. Jeanette Boruszewski3/19/14, 9:26 AM

    The more I read the more scared I get.....I want to be good at keeping chickens and have healthy chicks.

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  14. Would love to win this!

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  15. Diana Goetsch3/19/14, 9:26 AM

    I could use these as it will keep my brooder dryer and cleaner than a traditional waterer!

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  16. We would love to try these waterers!! Thanks!

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  17. Would like to win this as our water's handle just broke off ): ..we live in Maine and everything is still frozen :)

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  18. Jennifer Hershberger3/19/14, 9:30 AM

    Adding some polish chicklets to our little flock of Silkies in May! Can't wait! The waterers would be super!

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  19. Cheryl Postma3/19/14, 9:30 AM

    Yup, new chicks! Since that add on apartment isn't happening I think a bit of rearrangement is in order! Thanks.

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  20. shannon fogl3/19/14, 9:31 AM

    I live by chicken math, but I've also had coop math because I've built more since my original plan didn't have me adding more. I've got more in the bathtub now and we've decided to build a huge permanent barn/shed this year for all the birds in one space. I'm hoping two roosters now will work in one space. I have 17 hens total.?

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  21. shannon fogl3/19/14, 9:33 AM

    I'm doing the exact same thing Kelly. We are reducing from 4 coops!

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  22. I can't add to my chicken flock until I upgrade my property. I am looking though! I like the Bantam idea too.

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  23. Mary Alice Connelly3/19/14, 9:36 AM

    I could definately use one of those. Hate changing the water so many times a day,

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  24. Sara Robinson3/19/14, 9:38 AM

    My husband built me the Wichita coop but now since I am getting more chickens instead of him building another coop I could maybe have him close the current coop up and make it more like a shed then just add a run off the side?

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  25. Sandy Scofield3/19/14, 9:39 AM

    Chickens in the hen house, chicks in the basement brooder, chicks being shipped from Cackle in April (will be a first time to receive via mail)--would love to win them the Avian Aqua Miser poultry nipple waterer.

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  26. Jennifer Darling3/19/14, 9:39 AM

    You have such wonderful ideas!

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  27. Teri Robinson3/19/14, 9:39 AM

    I think hubby is going to agree to move which means I can have chickens of my own and not just the ones I love at my volunteer job!

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  28. Gina Larson LaCombe3/19/14, 9:40 AM

    Great ideas! Good thing I've stayed away chick days so far this year! :)

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  29. TheChickenChick3/19/14, 9:40 AM

    Only time will tell whether they'll get along and whether two is too many for 17 hens- it may be.

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  30. This type of waterer looks so much cleaner than what I use now. Hope I win.

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  31. TheChickenChick3/19/14, 9:40 AM

    Cool!

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  32. TheChickenChick3/19/14, 9:41 AM

    I think that's a sign, Kim. :)

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  33. TheChickenChick3/19/14, 9:41 AM

    I understand completely! You don't need to know everything all at once, just take it one day and one issue at a time and enjoy the experience!

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  34. Rosalind Younger Townsend3/19/14, 9:43 AM

    I love your blog, but I have a question about the covered runs. I have a 5 by 40 run attached to my coop however when I cover it the sun can't get to the ground and dry it out and it just become a muddy mess. I tried putting down sand and that made a mess also, what do you have in your runs so they stay dry?

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  35. I definitely needed this. I am currently trying to design my coop. My chicks come in in august and chicken math has already started. I'm up to 20 chicks now. :/

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  36. YolandaRonaldo3/19/14, 9:43 AM

    I have been thinking about getting more chickens this spring so this post is perfect timing!
    Thank you so much for sharing everything that you do.

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  37. Shannon Watson Swedenburg3/19/14, 9:44 AM

    Thank you for all of the valuable information. I have 10 feather babies at the moment but am looking for more. I will definitely be following your advice for Chicken math!! Thanks again.

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  38. Brooks Kelley3/19/14, 9:45 AM

    I too love chicken math! I am trying again to win something but whoever wins "Woot! Woot!"

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  39. TheChickenChick3/19/14, 9:48 AM

    Funny how quickly it sets in, isn't it Brooke? :)

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  40. I love chicken math also. Yesterday I passed a feed store that had a sign up saying that they had chicks. DH said we did not need to stop. The 27 chickens in the basement and the 7 outside with the 8 ducks was enough for now. These waters could come in handy.

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  41. TheChickenChick3/19/14, 9:49 AM

    Thanks Jennifer. :)

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  42. Teresa Mcmurray Gentry3/19/14, 9:53 AM

    I love your site.

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  43. Karrie Sedlmeyer3/19/14, 9:54 AM

    your suggestions are REALLY timely~~am adding 10 to my herd~~& will certainly use your sage advice!! thanks, Kathy.......

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  44. Lynda Jensen Wilkinson3/19/14, 9:55 AM

    I

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  45. Adding another coop and run in the spring. This chicken math is expensive! LOL

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  46. Dawn E. Sarver3/19/14, 9:57 AM

    Heading to aqua mizer as soon as I click submit...need to check these out

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  47. Beverly Rosa3/19/14, 9:58 AM

    Great information as always!! I have 10 ladies and 10 coming! This will help on my chicken math!!

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  48. Paula Carroll3/19/14, 10:01 AM

    Love chicken math!
    This looks great!

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  49. Done!!! I definitely have to expand my coup I can't stop getting chickens!! Love my girls and guy!!

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  50. Susan Sheldon Roadarmel3/19/14, 10:03 AM

    Would love this Thank you

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  51. Rachael Schindeldecker3/19/14, 10:07 AM

    I am learning so much. Thank you! We still have over 2 feet of snow and more on the way so I've got lots of time for chicken math. It's killing me not to be able to finish the extra runs. Maybe next month... *sigh*

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  52. Roberta Wood3/19/14, 10:07 AM

    I have three lovely ladies and I am a newbie. I have learned so much from you! Grandma got me interested in keeping a coop and I'm hooked. My ladies weren't taken care of very well before I got them, but now they are healthy and happy... and will be happier and healthier the more I learn. :o)

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  53. Deven Campbell Kriegl3/19/14, 10:08 AM

    Just started building our coop and I am already planning a run addition next year. Crossing fingers to win the waterers. :)

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  54. Michelle Schumacher3/19/14, 10:09 AM

    Redesigning our coop and run this spring, hopefully with as much repurposed material as possible. This post came at the right time for me! :-) the knowledge I gain from your posts helps offset what I have yet to learn through experience. :-)

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  55. Amanda Norton Kehoe3/19/14, 10:12 AM

    Avian Aqua Miser liked. Love the articles. Thank you for researching these products for us to make our chicken lives cleaner.

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  56. Cassie Whitmore3/19/14, 10:12 AM

    Is there anyone who doesn't love chicken math? These waters would be great for travel to shows or for the babies

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  57. TheChickenChick3/19/14, 10:14 AM

    My pleasure, Amanda. :)

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  58. TheChickenChick3/19/14, 10:15 AM

    How nice to live with an enabler, Ivy! :)

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  59. TheJamesGang3/19/14, 10:17 AM

    I would love to try out that waterer

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  60. this would be awesome. hope I win. Does anyone know why chickens are so addictive? Does anyone care? Nope we just know that they are and they are so adorable.

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  61. Karen Cole Alverson3/19/14, 10:20 AM

    Chicken math. I thought there might be something very wrong w me glad to know it has a name. Waiting for babies and am busy cleaning and redoing coups. Planing on fencing off a large sec of our property for free ranging

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  62. Nadine Stoke-Nadeau3/19/14, 10:21 AM

    Love the Avian Aqua Mist Miser and so many good articles.

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  63. Evelyn Qualls3/19/14, 10:21 AM

    I have some Aqua Misers nipples and they are great. Would Love More! @Hillside Happy Hens/Evelyn

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  64. Would the small hard walled structure in my roofed/secure dog run be the hen house and the dog run that I lock at night the coop? The food is outside it in the dog run, they only go in the hen house to sleep and lay eggs, and I don't lock them in there. They free range all day. Is there a square foot per bird in the hen house, or just the linear feet per bird on the roosts? I just planted feed bag potatoes and knew to segregate a chicken with a bloody comb cause of all your great information! Thanks!

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  65. Would love these for first aid pen and grow out pen.

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  66. Good coop info - I need this new watering system now spring is upon us!

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  67. I like to try these out !

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  68. Michelle Mercer Parker3/19/14, 10:25 AM

    Ahhh...Chicken math! :) thanks for the opportunity to win. (Shelly@shellysimages.com)

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  69. Never tried them like to win one

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  70. I have added 2 to my flock this year. I am not worried about space as mine free range all through the day. And I have enough room in the coop for them at night. I do so appreciate all the advice you provide to us!

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  71. Kelly Miller3/19/14, 10:37 AM

    Would Love these.

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  72. I give up, I am adding a second coop this year!

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  73. Great tips on maximizing space. I only have 6 chickens and the coop I got said it was appropriate for 6 chickens - also an attached run. But I worry about them having enough space. Even though the whole thing will be inside a 10x20' run. Nice Aqua Miser waterers - will help to add some space too.

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  74. Pamela Davis North3/19/14, 10:40 AM

    These waterers are a must have!!!

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  75. sandra pitts3/19/14, 10:44 AM

    Love the info! Very helpful as always. Have my fingers crossed. I know I'm getting close I've never won but I feel it coming.

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  76. sandra pitts3/19/14, 10:47 AM

    I'm having to comment as guest here lately don't know why. Its always been under my name before

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  77. Brande Donoho Vogele3/19/14, 10:53 AM

    We just added more chicks last night. It's a disease! But I like being sick... :)

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  78. Thanks for today! Any thoughts on effects of South MS heat and humidity on Chickens? I haven't seen any article on best heat tolerant chickens or treatment. Any advice?

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  79. Robin Martin3/19/14, 11:01 AM

    Very nice!

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  80. Patricia Lessard3/19/14, 11:04 AM

    Oh how these would help with water for our flock! Please pick me :-)

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  81. I love your blog and as a newbie, appreciate the wealth of knowledge and advise. Definitely my go-to site!

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  82. Ha! Chicken math! I like it, and I can see how it would happen!! Love the waterer.

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  83. We are planning to add to our flock in the next few weeks. Just a few this year until my husband has more time to expand the run. We do free range right now but I worry so much about predictors, especially this year after the long hard winter.

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  84. Thanks for all the great products you highlight! We added 3 chicks this spring and I'm already thinking about modifying the coop.

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  85. Does anyone have any idea of where to get just one rooster? We would like just one but all of the companies seem to have min of five to buy or a mixed run. We want to start with a babe so we can train him to be as friendly as possible :)

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  86. Looks like a better alternative

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  87. Belinda Caressa Medlin3/19/14, 11:21 AM

    Wonderful article and very timely as we are working on that issue right now.

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  88. SIMPLIFY - that's that way to go!

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  89. These look great. Thanks for the chance to win them. Great article as usual!

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  90. Cami Naccarato3/19/14, 11:37 AM

    These waterers would be awesome! I used this article to make some adjustments to my coop/run, and my birds are much happier!

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  91. I love the PVC feeders and can't wait to make some. That really frees up some space in the coop.

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  92. Laura Browning Bales3/19/14, 11:40 AM

    I have already liked the Facebook page and let them know you sent me. Ordered one too! But give. That we have 4 houses a win would be amazing!!!

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  93. New chickees coming in two weeks and these would be awesome.

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  94. Loved the article, although due to sq footage, I might not be able to increase my flock. I would love to have the waters for my girls.

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  95. Kassie Padlick-Field3/19/14, 11:42 AM

    Liked the page and would love to win one of your giveaways!

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  96. Robbie Rukes Marchbanks3/19/14, 11:43 AM

    Already succumbed to chicken math! Would love the waterers for the peeps!

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  97. Need! lol Just got chicks for the first time. :)

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  98. I am adding to my flock this year. I was worried about space, but this gives me a few ideas!

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  99. Cindy Sherman Mooney3/19/14, 11:49 AM

    We just got 10 chicks including my 2 teenagers and 6 adults, these would come in very handy!

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  100. Sara Trocker-Hambly3/19/14, 11:50 AM

    What a great solution I am tired of the water always Having icky stuff in it..

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  101. Micah Fenton3/19/14, 11:52 AM

    always building coops it feels like!!! those new waterers would sure help out!

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  102. Jeannie Palmer3/19/14, 11:53 AM

    Love, love, love your blog. Thanks for all the great and useful info. Winning is just icing on the cake. :)

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  103. This info is perfect timing!

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  104. You simply have the BEST giveaways!!

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  105. We are in the process of deciding what coop we will build...how do you feel about making it tall enough to have a second level to create additional floor space?

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  106. We have lots of babies right now who would love this!

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  107. I would love to win!

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  108. Jackie Reynolds3/19/14, 12:12 PM

    I need these! Love chicken nipples :))

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  109. Knicki Knickerbocker3/19/14, 12:13 PM

    Would love to win this. I'm getting 3 more chicks next month so I'm good with chicken math.

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  110. i surely need to make more space for my new chicks this year!

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  111. Diane Poole Gilbert3/19/14, 12:19 PM

    Great info!

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  112. We're working on expanding the run this spring so our girls don't feel so confined.

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  113. Would love some of these misters. My math has increased this week with 17 new babies. Hens just had to hatch them, so I let them. Brooding hens are the best.

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  114. Yes I like chicken math to describe it, rather than chicken crazy😜 and another great giveaway!

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  115. I am a new flock owner. I have 25 California Whites and just added 4 Silkies today. ... hoping i can win some stuff to help me out!

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  116. Chickygurl763/19/14, 12:30 PM

    We're up to a total of sixteen now, since we walked into places that were selling fuzzies and bought ten more lol!! This product would be great!! Thank you for your very informative posts, they're very much appreciated!! :) ♡♡♡

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  117. Alishia Bigelow3/19/14, 12:34 PM

    Wish me cluck, I mean luck.

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  118. David Church3/19/14, 12:37 PM

    Thanks for everything

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  119. This would be great!

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  120. I really need to do install your pvc feeder in our coop to free up more space! And the waterers would be great to keep the rambuntious teens from slopping the water all over. Thanks for the tips!

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  121. Would love to try this out!

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  122. Elaine Beaudoin Nelson3/19/14, 12:42 PM

    would love a chance to win the avian aqua misers

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  123. Meg Kapla Oursler3/19/14, 12:53 PM

    Thank you for all the great ideas and products you introduce us to

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  124. sandra pitts3/19/14, 12:54 PM

    I haven't won any thing yet feel one coming on. Love these

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  125. Thanks for the tips! Will definitely try these.

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  126. I "liked" the Avian Aqua Miser on facebook and as always love your blog. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  127. Kerri Dobbins3/19/14, 1:15 PM

    Hi, my name is K and I'm a victim of chicken match. Think we need a support group. Would love to win your waterers.

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  128. Kerri Dobbins3/19/14, 1:16 PM

    Darned autocorrect...chicken math

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  129. Great advice on expanding, thanks!! Would like to win the Avian Aqua Miser, great gift also!

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  130. Bryan Jill Benchley3/19/14, 1:23 PM

    Another neat option for watering the chick's

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  131. Cool product.

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  132. A second coop is being built as I type. Can't wait to get to the feed store and select some cutie patootie chicks. Chicken math -- love it!

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  133. Cindi Smith3/19/14, 1:26 PM

    My chicken math is getting worse. I'm up to 49 with my 4 new babies I got today!!

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  134. Ronee Appleby3/19/14, 1:31 PM

    I love your posts!

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  135. Linda Sadongei3/19/14, 1:40 PM

    Would love to have some of these waterers!

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  136. I didn't count on this year's math ... I wasn't going to add to my flock but my husband said he thought we should get a few more. I think it might have had something to do with the many hours, weeks, months of building us a new, permanent coop and a huge fenced pasture area! So, today I brought home: Isa, Caramel, Amber, Barbara and Iris. :-)

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  137. Brandon Griffiths3/19/14, 1:49 PM

    Chicken math has resulted in me bringing home 25 pullets and one cockerel and It is awesome!The Aqua Miser would be a great addition to the flock

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  138. thinking of adding a few new chicks to expand my flock, so this is timely. Maybe some bantams? Are the eggs smaller?

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  139. Thank you for the giveaway opportunity. Do these containers have a mounting bracket?

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  140. TheChickenChick3/19/14, 2:16 PM

    This IS the support group, Kerri...we all support you getting more chickens!

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  141. TheChickenChick3/19/14, 2:17 PM

    Cute. Good luck Alishia!

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  142. TheChickenChick3/19/14, 2:17 PM

    Congratulations!

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  143. TheChickenChick3/19/14, 2:18 PM

    Cleaning a second floor might be a challenge.

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  144. Cristina D.3/19/14, 2:19 PM

    My hens would LOVE this. And so would I!

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  145. Matt Snider3/19/14, 2:20 PM

    like to win this.

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  146. TheChickenChick3/19/14, 2:26 PM

    You cannot train a rooster of any age not to be aggressive. The disposition is hormone and instinct related, it is not related to socialization.

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  147. More great ideas.as always awesome

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  148. TheChickenChick3/19/14, 2:27 PM

    Me too. :D

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  149. Shannon Simmons3/19/14, 2:27 PM

    Designing a new coop and incorporating some of your space saving ideas.

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  150. wondering if the 4 square feet applies to the hen house, where they only go to sleep and lay eggs? I'm always confused between hen house and coop. I'd consider my coop as the covered/secure dog run where I lock them in at night and until I go release them in the morning. That certainly has 4 sqft per chicken. They are never confined to the hen house itself and free range during the day. As long as there is sufficient linear feet of roost per chicken I am okay? Thanks for all the great info!

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  151. Stacey Paden3/19/14, 2:36 PM

    Another wonderful give a way! Thank you!

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  152. I love chicken math, it is so so easy to understand! I am always amazed at these coops built for 4 hens. FOUR!???!! You are my favorite chicken resource. Thank you so much for all you do, and for these awesome giveaways. I would love to win.

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  153. This looks like a great way to get water to the chickens!

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  154. scrambledmess3/19/14, 2:47 PM

    We are redesigning out coop this spring. My biggest goal is to add the droppings board and to cover the run area.

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  155. mary carmen3/19/14, 2:51 PM

    I need to reaarange my run and coop with more chickies to add to my flock of six.

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  156. Teri Ferguson Scott3/19/14, 2:55 PM

    Would love to win!!!

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  157. Great read. Wish I had more room to house more chickens.....quite the obsession for a lot of us!

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  158. Kelley Thies3/19/14, 3:11 PM

    Sure would help keep the area dry.

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  159. My water is forever full of gunk. This would be a great solution!

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  160. Regina Snider Wilson3/19/14, 3:40 PM

    these work great in my new coop

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  161. Thanks for this! We are already talking about expanding our flock and our first chicks aren't here yet...lol!!!

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  162. Jennifer Doane3/19/14, 4:10 PM

    Great article. Always looking for ways to increase my chicken speace to accomodate chicken math!

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  163. Very helpful blog, as usual. Thanks. Oh, and Pick me, pick me, for the Avian Aqua Miser, PLEASE!

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  164. Tammy Eyler3/19/14, 4:19 PM

    i am so in love with the poultry watering nipple ideas - AMAZING!

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  165. Would love this- thanks!

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  166. Romi Schlem3/19/14, 4:35 PM

    Left message on facebook. Thank you for the expanding advice.

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  167. Peggy Schoenbeck Farley3/19/14, 4:56 PM

    Thanks ever So much!! You now gave me great ideas for expansion. Looking for ward to adding more to my flock.

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  168. Karen Weems3/19/14, 4:58 PM

    Still working on getting my babies to try watering via the "nipple". Hope they catch on pretty soon because the water gets messy fast! Have you done a post with your daily chicken activities? I'm curious how labor intensive having hens is going to be.

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  169. How wonderful this would be for the Chickie-na-na's!

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  170. I like all your suggestions for increasing floor space in my chicken coop. I feel good I have done most of your ideas. Love the new giveaway.

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  171. Roberta Johnston3/19/14, 5:19 PM

    Would love to win this for my flock!

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  172. Another great giveaway! Thanks for the chance!

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  173. Would love to have a drip system. Babies are hatching now.

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  174. Lauren Case3/19/14, 5:55 PM

    I just know I'm going to win one of your contests, some day. :-)

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  175. Marylee Renfree3/19/14, 6:03 PM

    I love this and know my chickens would too. Your advice for making more room for a bigger flock came at a perfect time for me.

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  176. So glad you wrote this I am in the mind to do some chicken math tomorrow

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  177. TheChickenChick3/19/14, 6:10 PM

    'tis the season! :)

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  178. TheChickenChick3/19/14, 6:12 PM

    I have not, but it can be as time consuming as you want it to be (or not). At a minimum, they need a food and water check daily.

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  179. Kathy, how many new babies do you add to your family every year on average?

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  180. Denise Allison Magil3/19/14, 6:21 PM

    wow great idea to expand space and of course would love to win

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  181. Thanks for this great giveaway! Hope I win it!

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  182. We liked Avian on facebook and tagged you to tell them you sent us. Thanks for the info this great product.

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  183. Great give away... Would love to win!

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  184. I could really use the Avian Aqua Miser. I am also guilty of chicken math. My poor husband just doens't get it. I have eggs in the incubator now and more in the brooder. The miracle of new life never gets old

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  185. Sylvie Aguilar3/19/14, 7:38 PM

    loved your article and the bottles too!

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  186. I will get a waterer like this one way or another.

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  187. I "like" it! On facebook and in real life :)
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  188. i love the idea of more space without building could use these to start thinking of the amount of chickens i can get in place of waterers

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  189. Jeanette Boruszewski3/19/14, 8:47 PM

    Thank you!

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  190. TheChickenChick3/19/14, 8:51 PM

    Thanks Sylvie. :)

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  191. mary harwood3/19/14, 8:51 PM

    I already have my girls on a nipple system. these look much nicer than the ones I have made out of 2 liter soda bottles and of course nipples. my cross brakes girl loves them. thank you for the great information for expansion.

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  192. TheChickenChick3/19/14, 8:52 PM

    Nope. It never does. :)

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  193. Vicki Lubarsky3/19/14, 8:53 PM

    Love the water ears!

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  194. TheChickenChick3/19/14, 9:01 PM

    Lisa, I don't know how many meals I had yesterday, much less how many chickens I added to my flock in any given season! lol

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  195. Really, I wasn't aware of that. That's a bummer. I have heard horror stories (which many probably are just stories), of mean roosters. My little girl adores our chicks and they follow her around the yard. I am nervous about getting a mean rooster :( was hoping we could baby it along and spoil him like we do our girls. Thanks for the info! :). I learn so much on here!

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  196. TheChickenChick3/19/14, 9:08 PM

    Those two modifications alone will make a HUGE difference to you and your flock.

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  197. TheChickenChick3/19/14, 9:12 PM

    I call the coop the structure they sleep and lay eggs in. The 4 sq ft applies to that structure. The outdoor enclosure is 10 ft/bird minimum.
    And yes, if they free-range, as long as everyone can roost comfortably, they'll be fine in much less space inside.

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  198. TheChickenChick3/19/14, 9:15 PM

    Yes, the eggs from bantams is smaller than full sized birds' eggs.

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