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We have five 15 week old Leghorn bantam pullets. Until last week they were in one of our rearing units, which has a run area of about 1m2. We decided to move them to a coop and run unit we call 'the twee'. It's one of these chinese things with a coop with a horizontally sliding pop-hole, a tiny door having 4 windows, raised to allow space underneath, walls that leak and NO ventilation. It has been heavily modified to make it work and would probably been easier to burn it and build another. Anyway it was sold as suitable for 2-4 standard hens and the previous owners realised their mistake quickly and gave it to us for the occasional sickie. We've added a perch in the run to make the 1m2 run area seem a bit bigger for them but it hasn't worked.

 

This morning I spotted the start of feather pecking and by lunchtime the single rogue pullet had scared all the others into the coop! We now have added another run, which increases their space to 2.5m2. At the moment they seem happy and no feathers lost fortunately.

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Their requirements for space came as a surprise to us ANH. We thought they had plenty at their age, but they are very inquisitive and perhaps very easily bored. They will be going to their respective cocks soon. We have watched their 'buddying up' and have picked out groups of two and three best suited together. We took a guess and ringed them, then adjusted to suit, so now confident the groups will work together.

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