I need help understanding chicken behavior in a 2 coop situstion

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Arkwood, Dec 13, 2015.

  1. Arkwood

    Arkwood New Egg

    Dec 13, 2015
    I would like to have two coops of chickens. My goal is...

    10 hens and 1 rooster Cream legbar in coop #1


    10 hens and 1 rooster Bielefelder Chickens in coop #2

    These Chickens will come out to run the yard during the day and hopefully go back to the coop they grew up in for the first few months without being let out.

    Will these 2 groups of chickens merge into one or go about their business as 2 groups? Will the roosters fight for the others hens? What should I expect?
  2. azygous

    azygous Flock Master

    Dec 11, 2009
    Colorado Rockies
    Here's my experience with having two coops.

    I initially built a second coop to house two roosters who wanted to kill each other, and also to keep them segregated from the flock for purposes of keeping the peace.

    As time passed, one was killed and the other died of illness. When it came time to add chicks to the flock, I installed the five new Welsummer pullets in the vacant coop. Meanwhile, four Sussex hens became problem feather pickers, so I moved them into the second coop since it had already been partitioned off to keep the two roosters from mixing it up. The Sussex have their own run coming off an entrance to their section of this coop.

    This past spring, I anticipated getting more chicks and I moved the five Welsummers, now hens, into the original coop with the majority of the flock. When the new chicks became old enough, I moved them into the half of the coop shared by the Sussex on the other side.

    Now, two of the Welsummers decided, on their own, to move back into the coop they were moved out of to make room for the new chicks. Everyone is getting along just fine in spite of the age differences.

    Over the years, I've had hens decide to sleep in one coop and then a few weeks later, they will move back into the other one. Usually they seek a change when they encounter too much conflict at roosting time.

    So, having two coops is a real blessing, if you don't count having another coop to keep clean.

    Yes, roosters will indiscriminately mate with all the hens in both flocks. That's a given. Other than that, having two coops shouldn't present any problems with the flocks.
  3. OrganicFarmWife

    OrganicFarmWife Overrun With Chickens

    Oct 21, 2015
    No where Nebraska
    How big is your yard?
  4. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Chicken tender Premium Member

    Jul 16, 2015
    central Wisconsin
    I have a shed with large fowl, thirty feet away is my bantam coop, the free range on the same land and they all go back to their own coops, your birds will stay separately if raised and housed separately from the start. The roosters sometimes squabble but everyone retreats back to their coops.
  5. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    The males might fight, they may also mate the other breed pullets/hens.....
    .....if you want to keep your breeds pure, probably best to have secure runs and free range on alternate days.
    Last edited: Dec 14, 2015

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