Calling all breeders!

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Fancy Feather Poultry, Jan 11, 2008.

  1. Fancy Feather Poultry

    Fancy Feather Poultry Cooped Up

    May 30, 2007
    Okay, some im going to start breeding, I need to make some pens
    and I dont know where to start. So someone give me some ideas.

    Breeders, if you have some pictures of your brreder pens can you show me them?.
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  2. Wildsky

    Wildsky Wild Egg!

    Oct 13, 2007
    [​IMG] All I know is you need to keep the breeds separate if you have have more than ONE breed in mind...
  3. Cuban Longtails

    Cuban Longtails Flock Mistress

    Sep 20, 2007
    Northeast Texas
    I like the hoop coop designs myself, because you can make them portable like tractors. [​IMG]
  4. Queen of the Lilliputians

    Queen of the Lilliputians Songster

    Apr 5, 2007
    First, I'm not a breeder [​IMG] but I had the priviledge of purchasing my d'Anvers from one, and got a terrific tour. What a sweet lady she was!

    Anyway, she had mostly bantams. Most were seperated into pairs, in wire cages. Not sure I would personally go that route, but all of her birds were perky, healthy, and appeared very happy. She told me she rotated free ranging, so everyone had a chance to get out (and she did have a few chickens running free that day, all lap-dog friendly cochins). She also had some pens set up outside, complete with a mini-house and little run, lots of roosts and things to do. Her husband breeds BR (standard) and had his group in a giant box stall in the barn. Super looking birds, btw.

    I have a pair I really want to breed, and am thinking I'll put those two in a chicken tractor for it. Haven't exactly decided on their night-time housing though (although in a pinch I could seperate a space in the main house for them).

    I've also seen setups where there were rows of individual runs, side by side. All used the same house, but each group was sectioned off (sort of like a row of apartments).

    Good luck on your venture! I think it would be fun, but I think I'm too lazy to put in the effort [​IMG] except for this one particular pair.

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  5. kyfarmer

    kyfarmer Songster

    Nov 8, 2007
    right Wildsky [​IMG]
  6. tazcat70

    tazcat70 I must be crazy!

    When I build mine I am planning on something like this....

    Only smaller runs and only 3 hens with 1 rooster.

    But basically, all you have to do is keep them separate, you can build small coops and runs and have them scattered all over your yard.

    Hope this helps.

  7. cherndon712

    cherndon712 Songster

    Jan 1, 2008
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  8. Fancy Feather Poultry

    Fancy Feather Poultry Cooped Up

    May 30, 2007
    Bump =\\
  9. MsMcChick

    MsMcChick Songster

    Oct 3, 2007
    I have my breeders set up in cages made of luann board cut 1'deep x2'tall x 8' long, all boxed in and rabbit wire on the front held with fencing nails (actually looks nice) and it's functional.
  10. Kentucky~Momma

    Kentucky~Momma Songster

    May 20, 2007
    South Central Kentucky
    here are our two small breeding pens:



    In this picture, they are both sitting above about 4 inches of standing water. We had to do this because we get flash floods quite frequently when it rains. Our whole yard was actually flooding. (We had to strap them down so they wouldn't get moved by the bad winds we were having....) In one we have a pair of Silver Sebrights, and in the other we have a trio of BBRed OEGBs. They both have light ran out to them as well.

    I will try and get pics of the inside of the coop area if you would like.

    Last edited: Jan 16, 2008

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