Ok I am at a spot where I am lost as to what to do.......
Last year we purchased our first little Buff Orph. We have 10 hens and 1 Rooster. They were our only until Nov. when we decided to hatch out a few to "learn the ropes". Hatched 12 and only kept 1 rooster and 3 hens.
Now the problem is the rooster and 3 hens will not go into coop, they totally refuse. I think due to the original birds giving them a hard time. They are about 4 months old now, and roost right next to coop. They all seem to get along fine, but these 4 will fight and kick if I put them in there, even a few nights boarded them in so they could not get out. BTW I free roam the birds all day, and at night lock them up in a coop and run.
Ok next phase of my long question. I am building a 24 x 30 barn to use for our farm friends (2 mini pigs, 2 goats, and chickens). I have ordered 25 White Orph. from McMurray as well as 25 "Rarest of the Rare". So not only will I be adding 50 new birds to the flock, but will also be moving the original 10 buddies to thier new home about 100 yards further in the back field.
How will I introduce the birds in thier new coop (in the barn) and also the new birds so they all will live in harmony? I almost was thinking of doing 3 seperate coops inside the barn with 3 seperate entrances. 1 for my original flock, 1 for the 25 White Orp's, and 1 for the 25 "Rarest of the Rare" I would create inclosed rooms of sorts for each flock, maybe a 8' x 8' area?
What are your suggestions? Our new chicks are arriving late April, about the time we will finish up on the barn. Thanks for the long read and the help......