A question about proximity

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by max13077, Mar 13, 2009.

  1. max13077

    max13077 Songster

    I'm getting some new chicks in a month and I'm planning on housing them in the coop(12'X12') where I currently have only three laying hens. I plan to clean it out good and everything before they come.

    However the question is, where to put the layers who's home I'm stealing? Well, I'm thinking of building them a nice little coop of their own. That said, I don't want, nor do I have the room to build a whole new pen too. I know they can't be housed together. But can I just put the new coop(doghouse sized) into my current chicken pen? I'll keep the pen door on the old coop shut.. Is that too close?
  2. Theoretically you should be avoiding contact and air transfer, I guess. This is tough to answer, not being familiar with the details of your set-up...[​IMG]
  3. EweSheep

    EweSheep Flock Mistress

    Jan 12, 2007
    Land of Lincoln
    I had done that before and didnt have a problem at all.

    I got a 4 x 7 shed and got a 28 x 28 rabbit cage on legs with carboard wrapped all around and heat lamp secured. The chickens were roosted on the far end while in front is the baby pen. It might be tight but it is doable in a short while before you let them all run together.

    It is not for everyone but if that is the only thing you have room for, that you will make do.

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