Help me to plan housing for multiple breeds

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by SusanJoM, Apr 14, 2008.

  1. SusanJoM

    SusanJoM Songster

    So, this year I'm starting with chickens again. In years past I have always had just one breed of chicken -- Ameraucanas -- and my only concern was for the pleasure of the chickens and eggs.

    Now I've accumulated a small starter batch of new chickens, and I've got multiple breeds. For example I have a Salmon Faverolle cockerel and two pullets, a Cuckoo Maran cockerel and two pullets, two Ameraucana pullets, two Light Brahma pullets, and two Black Austrolorpe pullets, and then 4 straight runs -- two black silkies, a silver and a golden sebright.

    So, my question is, what do I have to keep in mind in planning the coop and run revisions that will allow me to keep some of the birds separated next season so I can know that I have eggs from "approved" [​IMG] combinations.

    This weekend I am going to have some help so I can do some revisions in the coop itself and also to start the complete rebuild of an outdoor run, so I want to make plans that incorporate the possibility of separate digs for some birds next spring.

    Any input for me? Any stuff I need not to forget?
  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    With a low hen to roo ratio, I'd just make a breeder pen or two that you can put the desired pairs into when you want the eggs, and a batchlor pad to keep the roosters in. I'd worry about the hens getting bare backed if there was an agressive roo and just one hen with him.
  3. SusanJoM

    SusanJoM Songster

    Thanks SilkieChicken.

    That's sort of what I was figuring. I'll do a search on breeder pens. I'm not sure how complex and/or complete they need to be compared to the whole set up. Does each one need an enclosed roost/nest box area and an outdoor "run"? Would that, for example, mean a main coop/run and two smaller versions of the same either attached or enclosed?

    Sorry for all the questions.
    I'll go do a search and see if the information is already here.


    Edit: I definitely should have done the search first. Here for example are most the answers to my questions:

    Last edited: Apr 15, 2008

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by: