HELP-addiction- had coop made, now need a secondary/already- advice

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by wannabchick, Jan 18, 2011.

  1. wannabchick

    wannabchick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 27, 2010
    Northen Va
    I love my new coop I had made for me, will share when I put all the finishing touches on it. It's gonna be such a me coop LOL

    Problem though, yep you know it..isn't going to be big enough for my addiction, really can't afford to have them make me another..or beleive me I would, cause I love it

    Hence my problem
    Need to order a secondary coop for for silkies and cochin

    Can silkies and Cochins share?

    Or a secondary coop for problem children.. Wink wink

    Will this coop work? Feedback appreciated before I purchase, goal to mount it on trailer, or maybe not
    But, does it look solid enough ?

    Thank you

    Or what do you think of this one for 3 bantams
    Last edited: Jan 18, 2011
  2. elmo

    elmo Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 23, 2009
    Those look like the prefab coops sometimes sold under the "Ware" name. Do a search on this forum and I think you'll find people who bought these kind of coops say the wood is flimsy and warps quickly in the rain.
  3. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    The first one has less than 9 sq. ft. of living space...maybe only 8 sq. ft. I wouldn't keep more than 3 bantams in it... the 2nd has even less space.
    Last edited: Jan 18, 2011
  4. Egg Rookie 2010

    Egg Rookie 2010 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 21, 2010
    North Idaho
    I have considered this very problem. So here is a rookie question: if I get another coop do I also have to have a separate run or will they be able to hang outside together then go to their own houses at night? Is that a stupid question? The run would be PLENTY big....
  5. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    I have 8, count them: eight coops in my back yard, and everybody goes back to their own coops. I used to have a run enclosing five of them; now that they range freely and there are 3 coops outside the run perimeter I don't close the run gate. I do close up each coop though.

    I start out with each set of youngsters "growing out" in a coop with a temporary garden fence or one of chicken wire with garden stakes for a small run just for that new coop, inside the main run. For about 2 weeks. That way, everybody can see & hear everybody else, but not get into any fights that may injure someone. By the time I take down the temp fencing, there is no "who are THOSE chickens?" because they are no longer strangers.

    And the kids have learned that's their coop, and will continue to return to it at night.

    Over a period of time there may be new bonds forged within the flock, which may cause some coop-hopping. No biggie; they can roost wherever they want, as long as everybody gets shelter.
  6. CoyoteMagic

    CoyoteMagic RIP ?-2014

    Those coops look really nice but they don't last all that long. The wood is very flimsy. I had the outdoor rabbit hutch and it didn't last a year outside. Do yourself a favor and buy a kids playhouse off craigslist, put some wire on the windows and add some roosts. They will last soooooo much longer.

    Plus 100x's cheaper!!

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