1 run two coops?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by rubyrogue, Jun 21, 2010.

  1. rubyrogue

    rubyrogue Songster

    Mar 8, 2010
    So I currently have 2 coops and 2 runs. I would like to give them a larger run. Could i enclose both coops in one huge run? would they all just end up in one coop? Other thoughts or ideas?
  2. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    I have THREE coops and a Duck House (used by the youngest chickens - the ducks don't like it) inside one large run.

    The Big Chickens, except for one, sleep in the New Coop, the Middles sleep in the coop I put them into for integration, the Littles sleep in the Duck House, and Buffy is broody in the A-Frame Coop. They are all within the larger run, but the Middles' coop has an attached pen which is currently open but it can be closed off from the rest of the run, and the A-Frame has its own "pen" beneath it, which can also be closed.

    Everybody is not only allowed free rein in the run, but they're free ranging in my back yard.

    Everybody goes back to "their" coop at night. One Big Chicken used to sleep in the A-Frame by herself, but now that Buffy is monopolizing it, Millicent decided she'd rather sleep with the Middles in their coop.

  3. blefky

    blefky life in the yard

    Mar 18, 2010
    stamford, ct
    Quote:Do you find that they all generally get along well? I have been considering a similar arrangement, but mine have all been using the same coop up to this point (not large enough for the cold weather months when they're inside more), and I'm also unsure of whether any of them will accept a new coop as "home base". Obviously your arrangement works very well (I've been following your broody thread!), has it always?

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