2 broody hens and a new coop

PippinTheChicken

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So I've been making my new coop, and it will be finished soon. But I have 2 broody hens that are still in the old coop on eggs (day 9). I could leave them in until they hatch, but the old coop is taking up space in the run.
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new coop beside the old coop in the run, you cab see how little space there is whilst both coops are in there

What should I do?
Should I leave them in the old coop? Should I risk it and put them in the new one? Should I put them in cages in the house for them to hatch there?
 

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Leave them where they are until the eggs hatch. If you try to move them they may break their broodiness or the eggs.
Once the chicks hatch and they mothers take them out of the old coop then you can guide them into the new coop where they can nest in there their chicks.
How large is your run?
 
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PippinTheChicken

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Leave them where they are until the chicks eggs hatch. If you try to move them they may break their broodiness or the eggs.
Once the chicks hatch and they mothers take them out of the old coop then you can guide them into the new coop where they can nest in there their chicks.
How large is your run?
I'll measure the run soon.
But there's only a small amount if space in the run and I have 4 other chickens. The eggs still have a bit less than 2 weeks.
 

PippinTheChicken

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I started building yesterday. But it's the holidays so the chickens have access to the whole garden
 

PippinTheChicken

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Ok. Update! The chicks hatched 3 days ago and today I moved them to the new coop. They seem to like it. So I'll dismantle the old coop so they can have some space!
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