Advice needed on redoing a building for layers and breeders

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by ninny, Dec 9, 2009.

  1. ninny

    ninny Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 1, 2007
    IL side of the QCA
    Im planing on moving my birds to a new building next year. The building is 25x25 ft with a loft. I was thinking of doing a run 25x50 ft. It was going to be for silkies only. I am now thinking of moving my layers into the building. My layers are free range though. I do not want to free range the silkies but i do want to have a run for them. How can i blend them? I just need nest boxes for the layers but need lots of space for the silkies. Any ideas? This was an old two car garage so it has two large sliding doors.
     
  2. Overeasyplz

    Overeasyplz Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 8, 2009
    Leesburg
    Sounds awesome! but it'll be hard to let the layers out without letting the silkes out if you let them co-mingle. And they don't listen very well either..
     
  3. ninny

    ninny Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 1, 2007
    IL side of the QCA
    Quote:Id like to keep them apart somehow. But how to do it and have a run for the silkes as well?
     
  4. dani2

    dani2 Out Of The Brooder

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    We just did a new building for our breeding chickens one building divided in the middle with two runs out the back, each run out the back also has another gate that opens up to the pasture for free range making it so I can keep them in or let them out as needed. I would love to see any one elses design/ideas for small breeding pens for trios? or breeding pairs that you want to cross a certain rooster with a certain hen?
     
  5. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

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    Quote:Id like to keep them apart somehow. But how to do it and have a run for the silkes as well?

    Is there a reason not to just split the building into two big ol' pens, one of which opens to a run and the other of which opens to the great outdoors? (You can leave some of the building as storage or for future breeding pens or whatever, too). That would certainly be the simplest, *very* simple.

    Or am I not understanding what you want to do?

    Good luck, have fun,

    Pat
     
  6. ninny

    ninny Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 1, 2007
    IL side of the QCA
    Quote:Id like to keep them apart somehow. But how to do it and have a run for the silkes as well?

    Is there a reason not to just split the building into two big ol' pens, one of which opens to a run and the other of which opens to the great outdoors? (You can leave some of the building as storage or for future breeding pens or whatever, too). That would certainly be the simplest, *very* simple.

    Or am I not understanding what you want to do?

    Good luck, have fun,

    Pat

    That would be the simplest way. I just want to do this with stuff i have on hand. I wonder if a short wall and gate down the middle would work. How high can silkies fly.
     

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