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Chickens

Postby COGGY » Sun Mar 04, 2012 12:06 am

Hi
Is it considered cruel to have chickens running round in a fairly small area, 15 feet square, with no vegetation growing? Should they have access to vegetation? They are not my chickens.

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Re: Chickens

Postby katee » Sun Mar 04, 2012 1:30 am

Hello COGGY,

It depends on how many chickens are in the run. General rule of thumb is 4 square foot per bird.
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Re: Chickens

Postby mr sheen » Sun Mar 04, 2012 1:47 pm

What about caged chickens?
Whilst it might be considered 'cruel' don't confuse this with being able to enforce anything other than the Law relating to this matter.
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Re: Chickens

Postby COGGY » Sun Mar 04, 2012 3:24 pm

Hi
Does anyone know what the law is please?
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Re: Chickens

Postby Mojisola » Sun Mar 04, 2012 5:29 pm

As far as I know - having kept chickens in the garden for years - there are no laws apart from basic ones about animal cruelty.

The only thing I can suggest is to have a word with the RSPCA.
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Re: Chickens

Postby WILL*REMAIN*STRONG » Sun Mar 04, 2012 7:15 pm

COGGY wrote:Hi
Does anyone know what the law is please?


Try the defra website.
http://www.defra.gov.uk/
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Re: Chickens

Postby COGGY » Mon Mar 05, 2012 11:33 pm

Thank you. I will read that.
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Re: Chickens

Postby moz » Tue Mar 06, 2012 1:34 am

Coggy,
I am sure that vegetation would be benificial to the chickens, are they on soil or concrete or something else?
I would have thought that 2 chickens in a 15' square area if they can scratch the soil for bugs and the like is not considered too cruel, but I'm sure it would be be nicer for them if they can be moved to fresh grass on a regular basis.
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Re: Chickens

Postby COGGY » Tue Mar 06, 2012 11:06 pm

They are on part soil and part concrete. The area is not clean by any standards. I would like to put the owners of the chickens to live there for a day.

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Re: Chickens

Postby Clifford Pope » Wed May 09, 2012 9:25 am

katee wrote:Hello COGGY,

It depends on how many chickens are in the run. General rule of thumb is 4 square foot per bird.



So if there are less than 56 birds in this run it is fine.
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Re: Chickens

Postby moshbeard » Thu May 10, 2012 12:00 pm

Clifford Pope wrote:
katee wrote:Hello COGGY,

It depends on how many chickens are in the run. General rule of thumb is 4 square foot per bird.



So if there are less than 56 birds in this run it is fine.


I don't know how you calculated that as the OP says the run is 15 foot square.
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Re: Chickens

Postby jonahinoz » Sun Jun 24, 2012 8:33 am

I don't know how you calculated that as the OP says the run is 15 foot square.

Hi,

15ft square is 15ft x 15ft = 225sq.ft. Not the same thing as 15sq.ft

I think the happiest chickes get to scratch around on top of a dung heap .... which may not make the neighbours happy.
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Re: Chickens

Postby Treeman » Sun Jun 24, 2012 8:43 am

2 birds in a 15 foot square is a relative paradise, you should see the conditions the majority of "barn" eggs come from.
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