Do I need 2 coops? Or just a larger coop?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by silkiekeeper, Jun 25, 2018.

  1. silkiekeeper

    silkiekeeper Songster

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    I've officially joined the victims of chicken math yesterday, so now I need help deciding on what to do. I can either buy another small coop to add in addition to the one I currently have; or I can part with the one I have and buy a larger coop to fit all of my chickens. What would you do? Do you think I should have two separate coops in case there is fighting/issues?

    I currently have 24 square feet and 9 silkies. :oops:
     
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  2. PetesChicks

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    You can never have too much room or too many coops. I’d say keep the one you have as a segregation/lockdown coop, and get a new & bigger coop.
     
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  3. azygous

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    I agree with @PetesChicks . An extra coop comes in handy to house teenage cockerels or a broody hen who will be raising chicks or juveniles that are trying to grow into the pecking order.

    But, I urge you to get a nice roomy coop. Now that you're hopelessly infected with chicken math, you won't be sorry.
     
  4. townchicks

    townchicks Crowing

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    I'm with PetesChicks, keep and go bigger. Chicken math is a chronic disease, there will be flareups later,lol.
     
  5. silkiekeeper

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    The only cure is more chicken. :p
     
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  6. silkiekeeper

    silkiekeeper Songster

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    I'm just afraid if I keep both coops, I will use that as an excuse to get more chickens. I'm starting to understand this disorder.
     
  7. snow5164

    snow5164 Crowing

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    Silkies don’t need near the room of larger birds... you could go up . Add a ramp and a shelf with a edge on the wall .. I have old crates on their side . Let them take advantage of the whole coop , I have 3 hens and a rooster in a 5x5 coop a 5x5 run and we do put them in the moveable tractor daily on fresh grass. Don’t go overboard they are a small breed 43D47190-E774-4A36-8FD6-93677BBAD8BA.jpeg
     
  8. silkiekeeper

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    I don't think they need as much room either, but I just want to be safe so I don't have pecking issues. They do all seem to get along so far but I'm sure that can change. At night they just pile up together in a corner and snuggle. It's the cutest thing.
     
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  9. PetesChicks

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    That’s the reason to keep both coops, it gives you the reason to get more chickens!:lau:eek:

    As far as silkies go, I have 2 in my mixed flock. They used to huddle in a corner, then one (the shyest) started roosting with the other girls. Close to a year later, the other one roosts also.
     
  10. silkiekeeper

    silkiekeeper Songster

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    My husband is already displeased with my lack of control when it comes to chickens. If I get anymore, I'll need that extra coop for myself. :D
     
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