How can I fit another chicken in my coop

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by lachie27, Sep 6, 2016.

  1. lachie27

    lachie27 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi,
    I have a pre fab coop very similar to the one below and i was just wondering if anyone who also has one similar to this could answer a few questions I have.[​IMG]
    Firstly, i only have 2 chickens and i want another one because i think they need another friend by what i have been reading. I can only fit 2 chickens on the perches, has anyone got any ideas how i can fix that to fit another chicken???
    Also because its to small in winter the rain makes the soil in the run muddy and smelly, just wondering has anyone made anything that can be put over the wire that stops most of the rain getting in in winter. ive thought of putting shade cloth around it of plexiglass. The chickens roam around during the day and i have a problem with pest birds eating there food during the day, anyone else encountered this??
    The chickens only use the perch closest to the back and the one up the top is too close to the door and they cannot sit on it properly. just wondered if anyone has encountered this problem and fixed it??
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  2. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    There's really no good way to compensate for not enough space, that coop/run is borderline for 2 birds....
    ....I would not try to fit another in there.

    Also integration of new birds, especially a single bird, takes extra space.
    Read up on integration..... BYC advanced search>titles only>integration
    This is good place to start reading:
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/adding-to-your-flock


    There are a plethora of problems with those tiny prefab coops,
    you can read many here(and some solutions) by clicking on the underlined link below:
    advanced search>titles only> prefab coop
     
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  3. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Chicken Obsessed

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    ^^^ This!
     
  4. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener True BYC Addict

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    What Aart and BJ said. Many times over. I think if I was working with that coop, and didn't have the option of scrapping it and starting all over from scratch, I'd close in the entire thing, turning the whole structure into a coop, (being sure to provide LOTS of ventilation) and then I'd add a large covered run to the coop.
     
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  5. Jenna14Chicken

    Jenna14Chicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Maybe add on somehow and move the roost on the add on part.
     
  6. Nineplus5

    Nineplus5 Out Of The Brooder

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    Or triple it in size to the rear
     

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