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Trev62
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I am considering setting up a greenhouse frame may be 8m (l) x 2m (h) x 3m (b), covering it with bird meshing, putting a coop inside under maybe two metres of solid cover to keep that area dry to provide me with an enclosed area. I am considering using mulch as floor covering. Looking at maybe putting 5/6 birds inside.

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)t' I have heard of many people use either a polytunnel or greenhouse frame as a chicken run with the coop inside (and able to put some cover over the top to stop rain / snow) Considering the size (8 m x 2 m x 3 m), that's plenty of room for 5-6 birds.

I have to confess that when I wrote this post, I assumed it was for chickens but you just wrote birds ... and you already have turkeys so what follows next in this post might not apply.

Perhaps increase the roofing to about 4 m? And I advise putting perches in the run which you might be able to put in the corners (maybe tree branches) at different levels ... chickens really like to be higher than at ground level when not feeding or bathing (helps them to see danger ... or treats coming their way), and there's a bit of a pecking order where the dominant hen likes to be on the top perch.

Will one of the birds be a cockerel? A good one will keep the hens in check from trying to peck each other although the floor space (and perches) should reduce that.

How about putting a compost pile in the run to not only keep them entertained but also scratch / break up clods and feast on the bugs and worms? This article link gives you a good idea of what I mean
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lancashire lass wrote: 20 Mar 2023, 09:47 )t' I have heard of many people use either a polytunnel or greenhouse frame as a chicken run with the coop inside (and able to put some cover over the top to stop rain / snow) Considering the size (8 m x 2 m x 3 m), that's plenty of room for 5-6 birds.

I have to confess that when I wrote this post, I assumed it was for chickens but you just wrote birds
My mistake, yes it will be for a small breeding group of chickens, We currently keep Super Harkos a dual purpose bird for eggs and meat along with Broilers raised purely for meat but am considering starting to keep Orpingtons again, one cockerel with maybe six hens. Dual purpose birds again though they take longer to grow out. I am looking at other breeds but many are very hard to obtain here.
lancashire lass wrote: 20 Mar 2023, 09:47 How about putting a compost pile in the run to not only keep them entertained but also scratch / break up clods and feast on the bugs and worms? This article link gives you a good idea of what I mean
This is a good idea, the link provides a lot of information, thanks.
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