More than one flock - anyone else have a multi roomed coop?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Godiva, Nov 29, 2007.

  1. Godiva

    Godiva Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We have two flocks at present - the standard size chickens and the bantams. We are also going to be doing broilers next spring and will need a good area to brood them. I was wondering if anyone has pictures or plans for a multiroomed coop? I am thinking we are going to need at least two or three rooms. We are also going to be building the outside walls with straw bales, got some free and they provide great insulation for the heat and cold. (more concerned about the heat in the summer since it really doesn't get that cold here in SC)

    How do you cope with chickens that need to be integrated into existing flocks.... DO you have a room within a room so they see each other from the get go? Or do you not integrate at all? I am wondering if I should try to plan for integration next spring and more separate enclosures or if I should plan to slaughter my old hens once the new ones are laying well, next fall. That sounds awfully cold blooded [​IMG] But we ended up with only 3 hens after the dogs got a bunch of them and they just aren't enough to supply all we need. I really don't want to have too many food and water containers to clean every day.... What do you think?
     
  2. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress

    Hi Godiva,....we have several "coops" here. On the side of my DH's shop, there is a lean too....it is about 8 ft across, and 30 ft long. We have it sectioned into 3 seperate coops...The first coop..is the BO coop...it is 8x12, with a 15x40 yard. The the frizzle coop...4x5 with a 10x10 yard(only 4 bantys in there) the the rest of the lean to is the Reds coop, it is about 8 x 15...and they free roam, no fenced in yard. Then this summer DH and I built a turkey hut, 6x6 for 3 turkeys...with a 15 x 15 yard and the "new coop" is 12 x 14, with 4 seperate pens inside....3 pens are at least 3 x 6 ( No more than 4 in each pen....all have a 3 x 15 yard/run...the last pen is about 5 x 6 and has 6 Ameracuan hens...thier yard is 5 x 15.
    I dont have pics of the older coops...but here are a few of the new one, while under construction.

    This is the Turkey coop...the fenced wall is on the interior of the new coop so I can access it from the inside.
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    This is the new coop, going up,.....
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    This is the inside....after all pens are done. I have a 6 x 14 area, for storage.
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    The roof is white currogated roofing, lets in lots of light! We have finished painting...I need to get better pics. The seperate pens are for breed purity, and one is for a "hospital/injury" pen. ( no "sick" birds)
    I dont plan on integrateing them into one flock...I like to keep the seperate because of all the Roos!
    Hope this helps....some.
     
    Last edited: Nov 29, 2007
  3. picklespickles

    picklespickles Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 27, 2007
    that really does have good light with the white corrugate.
     
  4. tiffanyh

    tiffanyh Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 8, 2007
    Connecticut
    or if I should plan to slaughter my old hens once the new ones are laying well, next fall. That sounds awfully cold blooded

    My "old" hens took to my newbie quite well and have provided eggs for 6 years now. By now, they have earned their keep and get to live it out! [​IMG]

    Edit to add: if it is this sussex your talking about --send them up here! Ruth, if it is the same ruth that broded some chicks last spring- was the reason I got mille fluers--she is gorgeous! [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Nov 30, 2007
  5. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Deb, I have a question for you about the corrugated fiberglass stuff on top-I like the light factor, but do you find that it's extremely hot in the summer?
     
  6. AtRendeAcres

    AtRendeAcres Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 23, 2007
    Clarion County
    I saw someone had triple layer breeds [​IMG]

    can't remember who's coop it was nice
     
  7. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress

    Cynthia.....as for the roofing in the summer. This was our first year with it, and it was a hot one. We have cross ventilation in there, and it didnt seem to be too hot....not any hotter than the other coops. I think at one point, when it was over 100 outside, the temp in the coop was maybe 90( thats erroring on the high side) With the windows open, and the doors all open, there is quite the nice little breeze. Im just hopeing this winter, it will be insulateing enough.
     
  8. skeeter9

    skeeter9 Chillin' With My Peeps

    We have that corrugated roofing on our coops, too, and our summers are in the 100's. Our coops stay pretty cool.

    Lori
     
  9. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Good to know-I was wondering about that.
     
  10. NJfarmer

    NJfarmer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Does the white currogated roofing hold up in the snow?? I was goin to use it for my new coop that is almost done but I wasn't sure if snow accumalating on it would break it or not
     

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