Jump to content

Chooks- how much room? Small yard?


  • Please log in to reply
13 replies to this topic

#1 ~RM~

Posted 23 November 2012 - 08:24 AM

Hi,

We have a pretty small yard, how much room do chooks need? We could probably convert the area under the cubby to a coop quite easily, and the dog and cat are both old and slow so I think they could safely free range during the day. How many chooks (if any) would be ok in such a small space?

photo

We have an area the same size which isnt in view but its paved. Eventually we will make this grass, but thats 12-18m away.

#2 noi'mnot

Posted 23 November 2012 - 08:05 PM

Chooks don't need a lot of room, but they will poo all over your pavers. Depending on the breed, they might also dig up your gardens, though yours look pretty well established so they might not cause too much trouble.

I don't think you'd have any problems with three chooks in that area, as long as you're aware of the poo issue. We don't have much of a problem with it on our lawn, it gets chewed up by the mower, but my partner goes nuts over the poo on his deck! original.gif

#3 FiveAus

Posted 23 November 2012 - 08:35 PM

That's plenty of room for 3 chooks but be aware they will turn your lawn to dirt within weeks and any low growing plants and groundcovers will be razed. They are zealous gardeners and they don't discriminate.

#4 noi'mnot

Posted 23 November 2012 - 08:38 PM

It depends on the breed as to whether they'll destroy gardens and lawn. Pekins and Silkies aren't as destructive as full sized chooks. It depends what you want them for, as to which breed you get. original.gif

#5 BetteBoop

Posted 23 November 2012 - 08:43 PM

Chickens are remarkably stupid. Your dog might be old and slow but chickens are so dumb that won't matter.

I wouldn't let chickens free range with a dog around.

My DH made a small pen for our 2 chooks. It can be moved around so the grass in one spot isn't trashed.

I think that would work for you better than completely free range.

#6 GoodGollyMolly

Posted 23 November 2012 - 08:51 PM

Don't destroy that lovely lawn OP!

We have four chooks. They used to free range in the back yard but the poo was so bad everywhere and I wanted DS to be able to play on the lawn without worrying about the poo. So now they're in a run (which is still pretty big, probably the size of your whole area).  

My mums neighbour has 3 chooks in a smallish coop that he just wheels around his backyard and they seem happy enough.

Agree with PP that although I love them, they are rather stupid things!

#7 FiveAus

Posted 23 November 2012 - 08:52 PM

Some dogs are absolutely fine with chooks. I could leave two of my Aussies in with the chooks and they'd be fine. The others, nup. My Hamburgs were dumb but the Silkies weren't and for a gentle backyard chook, Silkies are gorgeous. Sweet natured and friendly and so. so pretty. My 16 chooks were killed by foxes a few weeks ago and I miss them terribly.

#8 melaine

Posted 23 November 2012 - 08:58 PM

I wouldn't let chooks free range with a dog unless you were around.

That amount of space would be ok - but there'll be lots of poo! Ours have more space than that as their enclosed run and it's all dirt, they haven't destroyed the grass in the rest of the yard because they had more space to spread out. They love digging up bark and mulch etc though...

ETA - we have 5 Isa Browns and 3 Australorp. They are dumb. One Isa Brown escaped the run (wings were clipped but grown back in and she flew out) and was killed (by dog or fox...) yet the others keep on trying to escape despite being promptly rounded up by the dog.

Edited by undomesticmumma, 23 November 2012 - 09:00 PM.


#9 paris-stella

Posted 24 November 2012 - 06:45 AM

I wouldnt let the chooks free range with the dog around. We lost a chook to our dogs a couple of weeks ago as they were locked in the pen, but my 2 year old decided that he would go and check for eggs, and didnt realise that he had let one of them out.

As much as I love chooks walking around the back yard they do tend to make a mess. We didn't have a problem with them ruining the grass - as it is pretty bad already without their help, but they will push all the mulch out of your garden beds and poop every where.

You need to have a secure house for them. Even in a normal residential block you will have foxes. They need to be locked away at night.  We are in a rental at the moment, but ours are in a large raised garden bed that is about 3 metres wide and about 10 metres long.



#10 TheGreenSheep

Posted 24 November 2012 - 06:57 AM

Agree with PPs. We have acres for ours to roam and they love the hard surfaces and mulch. It's like a magnet! They poo all over the verandas and rip the mulch off our trees. We have just planted a hundred new plants and for the time being we will keep them in their large and roomy run so that the plants havea fighting chance. We love our chooks, but. But if you ever want to walk on those pavers again I'd keep them in a run. Have fun OP, chooks have great personalities!.

#11 ~Sorceress~

Posted 24 November 2012 - 07:15 AM

Sorry, with a yard that size I'd be looking at a chook tractor and just three hens original.gif . As PP have mentioned, they WILL destroy your lawn and garden! laughing2.gif

Our kelpie is good with the hens - if they fly out she'll hold them in place until we come and put them back (and sometimes she'll even put them back herself!), but I still accept that there's an element of risk with dog-chook interactions so would never intentionally leave them out together unsupervised. original.gif

#12 miinii

Posted 24 November 2012 - 07:19 AM

I would say 3 chooks. I agree with PP's they will poop all over your pavers so maybe before you get them you could put a little fence and gate up separating the grass and the pavers.
I have already been out this morning cleaning poop off our concrete out back.
We will be putting a fenced area in for them soon

#13 ~THE~MAGICIAN~

Posted 24 November 2012 - 10:45 AM

As PP's have said, 3-4 chooks will be fine. They don't actually need a lot of room. Ours are in their yard most of the day, we only let them out when we can actually sit out the back with them. So they are out for an hour or so in the afternoon. They only destroy grass that is in poor condition. They have actually added to our lawns great condition. I water in the poo as soon as I see it, great for the grass!



#14 ~RM~

Posted 25 November 2012 - 08:07 AM

Great advice here, thanks everyone!

I might wait until we get rid of the pavers, we will have the paved area excavated out to be level with the rest of the lawn then, so we might get a run built under the deck at the same time. Sounds easier to manage that way. And cleaner. And safer with the dog (yes better safe than sorry).

Thank you!!!!!




1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

Wondersuit heaven: Bonds & Disney launch exclusive collection

Bonds and Disney fans with babies to buy for will be celebrating this news. Bonds and Disney have just released collaboration Wondersuits.

Town welcomes first baby in 28 years

Since the 1980s, the Italian town of Ostana had not seen the birth of a single baby.

Great-great-grandma delivers great grandchild in her own home

''I've delivered calves, lambs, dogs and cats, but nothing like this.'' This 'Super Gran' calmly peeled the amniotic sac over her great-grandson's head before discovering the umbilical cord was wrapped around his neck ... twice.

How to start teaching your kids road safety

It's something that can be taught as early as possible and reinforced as they get older and more mobile - even from toddlerhood.

Just announced: Bugaboo Cameleon³ Classic+ Collection update

Meet the brand new understated chic model from Bugaboo.

The emotional moment a mum hears her late son's heartbeat

It's been two and a half years since Heather Clark's seven-month-old son Lukas passed away.

Nine reasons why you have 'brain fog'

One minute your productivity is skyrocketing and the next you're sitting there trying to focus – just like that you draw blank, your brain, mush.

I had a caesarean and it was beautiful

Guess what? Despite not pushing him out, I cried, and my heart skipped, and I felt the rush of love and pride when I saw him for the first time.

Microcephaly still a mysterious condition around the world

For parents, having a child with microcephaly can mean a life of uncertainty.

7 baby firsts you won't see on milestone charts

Here are a few 'other' baby firsts you may not have been expecting, but you'll want to be ready for.

Why it's important to vaccinate on time

My son was born on the 1 July 2014. It's a fabulous birthday, don't you think? Not only does the first of July ring in a new financial year, but it also means we've hit the year's half way mark.

Naturopath treatment allegedly left baby "days from death"

A naturopath whose treatment of a baby boy allegedly led to the infant being severely ill has pleaded not guilty to charges against her. 

Andy Murray's emotional speech to pregnant wife after Australian Open

A teary-eyed Andy Murray promised pregnant wife Kim he'd be on the next plane home after his turbulent two weeks at the Australian Open came to an end.

This toddler and his duck BFF will melt your heart

A small boy in the US has struck up a quacking good friendship with an unlikely companion ... his pet duck. 

Great news for coffee drinkers - caffeine is good for your heart

Researchers have found that, contrary to prior belief, caffeine does not cause health-threatening heart palpitations.

I always wanted children - but I've found other ways to be maternal

I've always been one of the most maternal women I know.

When only one parent wants to know the gender

For some couples you either both want to know the gender of your unborn baby, or you don't. For others, it's not that simple.

'No jab no play' could hurt disadvantaged children, experts fear

Tough new "no jab no play" laws could hurt children who have not been immunised due to family dysfunction, poverty, or poor access to medical support, experts warn.

Zika virus: Airlines offer refunds to pregnant women

Airlines and cruise companies across the world are offering refunds or travel credits to pregnant women who are scheduled to visit countries struck by the devastating Zika virus.

#meditateonthis: Mums fight back against PND ignorance

Not all women will require medication, but many will. And there isn't and shouldn't be any shame in that.

 
Advertisement
 
Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

Penny Wong

'The most hurtful argument in the marriage equality debate'

Labor frontbencher Penny Wong is used to to hearing arguments against same-sex marriage. But for Australia's most prominent gay politician, one hurts more than others.

Does exercise have to be fun to work?

Some things in life are inherently served with a big scoop of fun: balloons, bubbles, cupcakes to name but a few, but exercise?

Hair dye gives woman second-degree burns

She wanted a fresh colour for 2016, but instead she got chemical burns.

Kelly Slater saves mum and toddler from 'freak wave'

A Perth family has thanked US surfing "legend" Kelly Slater after the star saved a mother and a young toddler from "a freak wave" in Hawaii.

Apple recalls millions of power adapters

Tech giant instigates massive international recall of power point adapters due to risk of electric shock.

Toddler's adorable alphabet goes viral

It's impossible not to share this little boy's excitement  about the alphabet.

Tot's nighttime waking saves family's life

Like all tired parents, Monique and Kyle Ruppel were looking forward to the day their 15-month-old daughter Celia would start sleeping through the night. 

Australian mum gives birth to quintuplets

An Australian mum who has shared the ups and downs of carrying quintuplets has welcomed her five babies into the world.

Dad of four girls faints at gender reveal for fifth baby

It was all too much excitement for this dad.

The simple way you can help your baby's language development

The way parents respond to their child's babbling can shape how their infants communicate.

Zika virus is 'spreading explosively': WHO

The World Health Organization announced that it will convene an emergency meeting about Zika.

National database recommended for child protection cases

Baby Ebony was repeatedly failed by the agencies tasked with her protection before her horrific death at the hands of her father, South Australia's deputy coroner says.

Hospitals put babies at risk by ignoring policy on elective caesareans

Thirty-eight weeks or 39? Non-medical factors are pushing women to have elective caesareans earlier than official guidelines - and hospitals are playing along.

Police help deliver baby on busy roadside

Two police officers delivered more than a traffic fine by the side of a busy Melbourne road yesterday.

1D's Louis Tomlinson shares first photo of baby

One Direction's Louis Tomlinson has posted the first picture of his baby boy, Freddie, on social media.

 

FREE TICKET

Free first aid demonstrations daily

Get your free ticket to the Essential Baby & Toddler Show and save $20 - register online now!

 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.