What size chicken house do I need?

A Hen House (or chicken Coop) is probably the biggest investment you will make.Assuming they will be able to come out of the chicken house into a run or free range in part of the garden, a good guide is to allow a meter square of floor space for every 4 large fowl, or 5 medium hens or bantams. Whilst it is possible to squeeze more hens in than this, they will start to squabble more when encroaching on one another's space, especially at roosting time. If there is wet weather, they will want to take shelter in their house and hens that are lower in the pecking order may not go in if they get bullied the moment they go in the door.

If you are considering buying a hen house then read this article on Choosing a Chicken House 

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