1 run with several henhouses - will this freak the girls out?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by WriterChick, Aug 9, 2011.

  1. WriterChick

    WriterChick In the Brooder

    Mar 30, 2011
    I am building a 120 sq ft hoophouse run for my flock of 11 girls (we call them The Biddies). My question - would it freak them out to have them in several henhouses throughout the run vs one big henhouse (costly)? So 3 to 5 hens per house.

    I ask because they are taken out of their brooder quarters every morning to spend the day in the "playpen" I have constructed temporarily and they get all upset when I start to take them out one at a time - they know when some of the flock is missing.


  2. schmism

    schmism Songster

    Feb 16, 2007
    Peoria IL
    we have multipull coupes.

    the only issue is the birds dont always pick the same house to roost in at night. invariable they all want to be in the same house so a coupe that was ment to only have 3-5 ends up with 9 and the other coupe has 2....

    other than that we found multipull coupes do have some advantages.
  3. Pharm Girl

    Pharm Girl Songster

    Jan 6, 2011
    I agree with the above statement. I have two coops in one run and let everyone out together. At night, you'll probably have to divide the flock in whatever manner you choose and put them in their separate coops for a while. Once they have established a pattern, they will often go back to their 'assigned coop'. Mine do anyway. I have been consistent about who goes where and after a week or so, they all go back to their assigned coops.
    Good luck, it will work itself out.

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