Does anyone have more than one coop in their run?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by mudhen, Jul 17, 2007.

  1. mudhen

    mudhen confidently clueless

    Jan 15, 2007
    Shepherdstown, WV
    Out of curiosity, does anyone else have more than one coop?
    I have two, and they share one large run.

    For the first time today, I saw one of the chickens from the first coop visiting the inside of the second coop. I'm wondering if they might decide to move in and sleep in it some night.
    Has anyone ever experienced this with their hens?
  2. Standard Hen

    Standard Hen Songster

    May 17, 2007
    I do. I have three little small ones in the first pen and one in the second. Two of my coops are wooden dog houses and my poultry coops are just a little bigger.
    I have all different ages of hens and my older ones always sleep in the same coop. The babies have been
  3. fefetoo

    fefetoo Hatching

    May 6, 2007
    I have two coops with a "common wall" of chicken wire.
    I use the small coop for the babies. It currently houses 2GL Wyandotte pullet youngsters, 2SL Wyandotte pullet youngsters and a SL Wyandotte Roo youngster, and 2 black Autralorp pullet youngsters. These are hatchery bought chicks. About 3 mos old.
    There is a barrier chicken wire between the small coop run and the big coop run.
    That way the "big" chickens get used to the "babies" well before I "move them over" to the big coop about the time they start to lay.
    Oddly enough, the babies were joined by one of the RIR young hens. She just moved in. I kinda think that works well for them in transition because there is already someone on their side.[​IMG]
    After my garden is in, I'll open everyone up and let them free range during the day. Eventually everyone will end up in the same coop, or at least that's how it worked last year.
    Everyday is a new adventure with chickens. I just LOVE/LUV chickens.
    I never knew they would bring such enrichment to my life. Honestly! Who woulda thought???
  4. edbama2

    edbama2 Songster

    Feb 6, 2007
    Slocomb, Alabama
    I have 3 coops and one tractor that attach to the same run. They will go in each others coop during the day but, pretty much stay in their own at night. [​IMG]
  5. mudhen

    mudhen confidently clueless

    Jan 15, 2007
    Shepherdstown, WV
    Cool! Thanks everyone.

    I think it is pretty neat that they visit each others coops during the day. This is what I am beginning to see for myself.

    One of my new girls ended up in the small coop one night last week, but I think she was just confused (and not too happy about it the next morning). She's been in the right coop since.
  6. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    I have actually three coops. The main one has a large run attached and can actually be divided into two coops with two separate runs for when I am integrating younger birds. A nearby shed has had part of it converted into a coop with its own run. I'm building a little coop as a breeding coop for my Ameraucanas near the main coop and it will have its own covered run.

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