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Built an addition on coop and they won't roost in it.

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Hi again! I have a small coop and made an addition on to it in order to accommodate a new roo and hen. Well, long story short they only use the new coop for the nest boxes. I've tried putting scratch in the addition and they just eat it and then still roost in the old coop huddled together, except the poor cinnamon queen who uses the old nest box to roost in and now it has poopoo in it. I figure i should move the old nest box into the addition and that may solve one problem but not the other. Should I give them more time or take the old roost out? It's been less than a month but i don't want them to be losing sleep and getting stressed. Thanks in advance for taking the time to read and respond.

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Personally, i would put the chickens in the new roosting area and keep them in there for a couple of days (with food and water, of course). Nest boxes should be sealed off during night times to stop them sleeping there. 

 

Good luck!

CT

Nairobi, Kenya
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Welcome to BYC!

 

How big is coop(feet by feet) and how many birds?

Pics would help immensely. 

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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Thank you!
The original was only 2.5'x 7'. For the three it was okay at first, but the addition is 4' x 7.5'. Total 5 chickens now.
I'll try to get pics today.

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