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Promoting Harmony

Chicken Hacks

New Column!

Welcome to our newest column, Chicken Hacks. In each issue, we’ll show you shortcuts and smart tips to make chickenkeeping easier, more affordable and more fun for you and your birds.

Harmony in the henhouse is a beautiful thing: no bullying, no manic behavior, just happy chickens coexisting with one another. And it’s not only doable, but it’s not especially difficult to achieve. Here are some ways to make it so.

Provide Lots of Room

Crowding is at the root of most henhouse misbehavior. Most experts say a chicken needs 2 to 3 square feet of floor space in the coop and 8 to 10 feet in an outside run or 71⁄2 square feet per bird kept in full confinement, but these are bare minimums. The more personal space chickens have to stretch, stroll about and avoid dominant birds, the better life is. This is especially true if they live in confinement full time.

Even in winter, hens need to get out and stretch their legs, so be sure to clear a path when snow falls.
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