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free ranging hens and meaties together, but separate coops?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by HeatherAllyce, Feb 17, 2016.

  1. HeatherAllyce

    HeatherAllyce New Egg

    Feb 12, 2016
    Lempster, NH
    We are starting our flock in the spring with 12 layers and 6 guinea hens. We also want to raise possibly two batches of meat birds before the winter. Our winter-proof chicken tractor cannot hold all the hens and 12 meaties as well, so I plan to build a more temporary chicken tractor for them, but also let them free range still. Is this going to be super complicated to have both flocks free ranging and then get them into their separate pens at night? Should I shoot for one big coop to hold all of them instead?
  2. XxMingirlxX

    XxMingirlxX Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 12, 2013
    Lancashire, England
    Hens can be very insistent on where their home is. So if they are used to going in a certain coop they probably won't change if they don't have too.

    When I was intergrating some hens a couple of years ago, I moved the adults hens into the bigger coop and moved the chicks into the small coup and run. One of the adult hens was so annoyed at being moved and not being able to sleep in the old coop that she would sleep on top of her old coop instead of the new one!
  3. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon

    I don't think you'll have a problem. Start them separate, brood them in their respective coops and they'll be very dedicated about going back there to sleep.
  4. HeatherAllyce

    HeatherAllyce New Egg

    Feb 12, 2016
    Lempster, NH
    Thanks guys! I'll move ahead with my plan!

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