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Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Bev in Nevada, Apr 18, 2011.

  1. Bev in Nevada

    Bev in Nevada In the Brooder

    Apr 17, 2011
    Like most, I am upgrading to a larger coop. My Ladies free range through the half acre during the day (grass, weeds, desert dirt/sand) and only go in at night and to lay eggs. They are going from the My Pet Chicken "Alexandria extended for 8" to a 12ft x 10ft wood out house that we are making into a coop with plenty of ventilation, natural sun light and will also be putting in electric (since we can get cold here in the summer (close to death valley calif)
    My question is, how do I switch them from one coop/house to another?

  2. lady feathers

    lady feathers Chirping

    Nov 29, 2010
    Just place them in new coop and keep them inside for a few days to a week, or restricted to new coop and an enclosed run..... after a while they will associate the new coop as home and you can begin to let them back out to free range. Don't be surprised if you find them in the old coop (if you still have it nearby) for a few days and have to move them..... just keep at it and they will realize where you want them to be. Took my girls about 3 nights of placing them on the new coop for them to call it home. Good Luck!
  3. MamaChic21

    MamaChic21 Songster

    Dec 2, 2010
    Jackson, NJ
    We just moved my flock 23 birds (3 ducks and 20 chicken) yesterday. I also free range them time to time. I wanted to move them in the morning thinking they'll follow me because they usually do when I let them out and they are very hungry in the morning. Hubby thought differently [​IMG]. He wanted to moved them around 5-6 pm. Usually at that time they go inside their coop and roost and some were still outside. They weren't all in 1 place [​IMG]. Well, we chased them and had no luck so I got a big fish net and caught them 1 buy 1 and put them in the new run. I wanted to put them inside their new coop but hubby just put them in the run instead [​IMG]. Well, once we were done putting the last one in, I saw 5 already roosting inside their new coop [​IMG]. This morning I thought I want have any eggs or maybe just 1 or 2 but to my suprise, they layed 6 eggs in 1 nest box. We have 3 next box but they chose to share. I found 1 more egg in the middle of the run. They usually don't lay their egg on the floor [​IMG].

    If you like, catch them inside of their coop and replace them to their new coop, it's easier that way.
    Last edited: Apr 19, 2011

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