Advice on setting up breeding pens?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by SIMZ, Jan 11, 2014.

  1. SIMZ

    SIMZ Crowing

    Apr 29, 2011
    Northwest Indiana
    Surely spring is right around the corner, right?

    My chickens & two roosters are in one coop for winter, but I need to divide them up for breeding soon. The problem is that I need them all back into the one coop in a few months because I cycle chicks, turkeys, and meat chickens through the other coop starting in May. It seems unlikely that my two roosters will happily go back to sharing one coop after being separated for a few months.

    Here is my idea: I'll keep the roosters together with some hens that I'm not breeding (or breeding for sex-links - both roosters would work for that). I'll separate the hens into the 2nd coop (divided in half) and take the roosters out to them every few days.

    After I'm done I can release the hens back into the main yard and ease them back into the main coop.

    Will that work? Could it really be that simple? [​IMG]

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