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Chickens getting trampled in coop at night

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by HeatherMarieR, Sep 23, 2015.

  1. HeatherMarieR

    HeatherMarieR Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A few months ago we lost several ducks to a fox so I started shutting our chickens and ducks up in our large detached garage that they always sleep in every night anyways. Well, I started losing even more birds this way because I guess in the mornings they'd start bickering and some of the smaller birds would get trampled. After losing a Silkie and a D'Uccle, I decided to just leave the garage open and leaving a light on outside the house to try to keep predators away. Now, I'm having issues again. I don't know what the predator is, but it's taken a D'Uccle hen and a Call drake without leaving a trace. I really need to start shutting the garage again, but I'm afraid I'll just lose even more birds that way. Does anyone have any ideas on how to keep them from trampling each other? The issue is definitely not space. There's PLENTY of it.
     
  2. If your floor space is crowded maybe you need to think "High-rise". Try a simple 2X4 rack set out on a couple of 5 gallon buckets for a start. The chickens will love it, and floor space won't be such an issue. Of course, if you've already got roosts that they use, you might check in on them at night to see how they are using them. "Roost territory" can be a problem if you have a bully that insists on having 3 feet on either side of her/him![​IMG]
     
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    HeatherMarieR Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My main rooster ( an Old English Bantam) and his hen sleep up on the railing for the track of the door. Most of the others sleep on some stacked up ply wood and the storage stotes that store all their feed. A few seem to sleep on the ground, and they're usually the ones that get trampled I think.
     
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    HeatherMarieR Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just MIGHT have a plan. There's a small coop that we usually use for the older chicks right by the garage. Most of the smaller Silkies and Cochin bantams that would be likely to get trampled sleep in it now or on a cage right under it. I might could get them all shut in the coop at night and then shut the rest in the garage. It's worth a shot at least.
     

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