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Hello, Just wondering how many average/medium hens will fit in a cube at night?  

Assuming run space is unlimited during the day its just for space for sleeping in at night.

How many do you have in the cube?

 

thanks in advance.

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Hi,

I have a cube mk1 with 3 medium hens, 2 large hens and a large cockerel and there is still room for another couple of medium sized hens I would have said.

Hope this helps!

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Although the recommendation is for 1 foot of roosting bar space per hen, they all squish up at night. So, so long as there's enough ventilation you can fit quite a few in. The size of the run is more crucial though, and do make sure that your run is covered with a clear, waterproof cover as they will be confined to it in the winter, especially if we have another DEFRA AI prevention lock-down again this winter.

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Thank you. 

And thank you for pointing out the need for permanent run size to be taken in to account. I was thinking as they will be free range it was just the coop size I had to worry about for them. I will make sure their permanent run area is big enough to accommodate them if need be too. 

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I agree with 6-8 being fine in a Cube, obviously the more in there the more frequently it needs to be cleaned out though.

We've had 12+ bantams and LF in there because although they have lots of eglu's to choose from, they all bundled into the Cube!

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DM has a good point about having a run for when we get the (now annual it seems) diktat from DEFRA to keep them confined because of Avian Flu.  A friend with just a cube and fenced off area had a major problem last year as she had no way to comply.  Choose the size of run for the number of chickens you want.

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