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43 minutes ago, Luvachicken said:

Oh well.....

Have I missed how close she actually is to you ?

Her house is behind ours; the gardens are back to back 

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Don’t ask just get them.  You might be surprised and she’ll like them.  But it’s not up to her.  It’s your garden.  

I’d always go for a cube.  And a Mk 1.  Think about bantams too.   Christian, I have only ever had 3 bantams the cube when I only had that.  They are more active than large fowl I find, and like the space.   They need perches as they like to fly high.   I. now have 3 bantams in a cube with a 1 metre run attached to a 2 m WIR.  Loads of perches.  They never free range because one of them can fly really well ( over into the neighbours!).  Hence the lavish space.  

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49 minutes ago, Patricia W said:

I’d always go for a cube.  And a Mk 1.  Think about bantams too... They are more active than large fowl I find, and like the space.   They need perches as they like to fly high.  

Thanks Patricia, I definitely want a WIR so I can add perches etc, and if you think they’ll be happy & warm enough in a cube then will keep an eye out for a mk1.

Another option I’ve considered is getting a classic & putting it on a table in a WIR, so they have the height but it’s a bit cosier? Wouldn’t be able to access from the outside but I’m assuming I could clean it with the hens in the WIR with me? Would that be an option?

I plan to let them free range in the rest of when we are home, but only when we can supervise for their own safety. If nothing else, we have a cockapoo who I wouldn’t want to be anywhere near the chickens (in their run or free range) without us present. I plan to keep the dog in the house when the chickens are out. 

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Yes a Classic up on a table would work perfectly well - just not be quite so easy for you in terms of cleaning out. And of course you could clean with them in the WIR with you - you just have to be careful because they get under your feet!

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