# 2 Coop question

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by ckelley, Dec 28, 2016.

1. ### ckelleyChillin' With My Peeps

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For those of you with two coops on the same run, do they divide themselves, or all end up in one coop? I have 4 right now, and I'm getting 15 chicks in June. They will brood using the play pen method for 8-9 weeks (I think that's right- it will be my first time with two age groups)

So potentially 19 hens, and I'm thinking I need a second coop in July....

2. ### ChickenCanoeTrue BYC Addict

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As creatures of habit, they USUALLY end up sleeping wherever they've slept for a while.
I know someone with 2 buildings on each end of a long run and they put themselves to bed where they were raised.

I have 7 housing units and most free range. For the most part they put themselves where they've safely slept before but there is occasional drift to other units.

3. ### ckelleyChillin' With My Peeps

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Good to know!

I might then build a smaller coop for the 4, and transition them to that, and put the others in the big coop? IDK. Lol.

The problem you see is that according to our City code you can only have 8 (per lot) so I figured since we have 2 lots =16 chickens. A few more shouldn't be a problem unless they really try to count them, and I have many that look the same. If I build a bigger coop, I'll want more and the cycle will continue because I want them all...

4. ### chixmaidserviceChillin' With My Peeps

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I have my original small coop and a larger one I built after chicken math set in, and they divide nicely between the 2 coops every night.

5. ### ChickenCanoeTrue BYC Addict

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Maybe if you have your run spanning the boundary between the 2 lots and build one coop on each lot, you'd be perfectly legal.

You shouldn't have a problem unless a neighbor complains.

I wanted to add that I love having multiple coops. It is a bigger hassle feeding 7+ flocks but for quarantine, injured, sick or broody birds, having multiple housing options is a Godsend.

It takes a long time to transition from one building to another. Even if penned away from the old building, they'll continue to try to get to the old building.

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