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Moving chicken coop into shed

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Hi all, quick question... I've had three hens since October living in a purpose built coop outside similar to the one below:



They are only in during the night as have free range to the garden. Now all of a sudden over the past few weeks I've been woken up by a racket from 5am with them screaming to get out and play (probably along with the rest of the neighbourhood)

The door is on a timer but it doesn't open until 6.30 to make sure the coast is clear of predators etc.

I've tried covering the coop in blackout material etc but they are still waking up really early, presumably from the sound of other wild birds etc in the garden going crazy on the feeders.

My next plan is to move the coop inside the existing shed which is empty. The idea here is it will be totally dark until the door slides open but also quiet.

Is there anything in particular I need to take into account when doing this? I'll be putting in vents into the shed but wanted to make sure there weren't any big no-nos before I do it

Thanks!
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They may be bickering because of being crowded, being in a dark shed might help.

...might make the auto door moot if you have to open the shed to let them out.

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."

Reply
post #3 of 3
Which door is on a timer? To their attached run, or out to free range?

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16 guineas and 2 turkeys to round out the flock

 

Another victim of poultry math. Aiming for a "designer" flock and egg basket :)

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Japanese, OEG, Sebright, Brahmn, d'Uccle, and EE bantams; and RIR, BR, and EEs, Golden Penciled Hamburg, EEs, Anconas, Bielefelders, Wheaten Marans, Speckled Sussex, and a surprise variety of bantams with breeds tbd!

 

16 guineas and 2 turkeys to round out the flock

 

Another victim of poultry math. Aiming for a "designer" flock and egg basket :)

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