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  1. I have a new hen house. How do the chickens get used to it?
  2. How much space do chickens need?

1. I have a new hen house. How do the chickens get used to it? Page Top
Lock the chickens inside the new hut for a day with plenty of food and water.
This will let the chickens get familiar with their new hut (as well as each other if you have new hens).
2. How much space do chickens need? Page Top
Floor area should be a minumum of 0.2 sq m (2 square foot) per bird (large fowl) or 40cm square (16inch square) for bantams.
If you can give them more space then so much the better bearing in mind they will be spending time in the henhouse sheltering from the rain and wind.
Perches should a minimum of 25 cm (10 inch) for large fowl and 18 cm (8 inch) for bantams. Allow 30 cm (12 inch) between perches if more than one.

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