Moving to a new coop - Tips & Recommendations

chanceitup

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As the title states, I am moving 10 chickens from their existing coop to a new one. I've read online a handful of times about locking them in the new coop for three or more days, but that seems excessive.

Any tips and/or recommendations about moving a flock to a new coop?
 

CluckerFamily

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I personally would keep them in the new coop for 1 week to be safe. They need to know where their new home is and their new safe place.
 

Ridgerunner

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Will they free range or will you keep them locked in a run? How close is the new coop to the old, in the same run? Are they laying so they also need to relearn where to lay? Are there already other chickens in the new coop so you will be integrating? How many chickens and size of the new coop (how crowded will it be)?

There are a few different things to consider. The more you can tell us about what you are working with the better we can answer.
 

chanceitup

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They will continue to free range as they have. They're going from a smaller house that is currently next to the new one. I'm looking at what I can do with it in the interim, but until I possibly figure it out or put a tarp on it, it's rather close. It does have a door, which I was thinking of closing as a way to get them to the new one.

No, they're relatively young hens and haven't laid, and by the looks of it won't be this year since it's already starting to snow.

This will be a new coop for them, which is a mix of 10 hens and 2 ducks. The new coop is a 7x8 shed that I just finished building.
 

Ridgerunner

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So you do not have a run you can lock them in but the old coop is right next door. They are not laying so you don't have to worry about nests. They free range now so I assume they return to the old coop on their own at night. This should not be too bad. I will mention I don't do ducks, I don't think they present any bad problems but I have no experience with them.

The coop is big enough that you can lock them in there for a few days if you want too. You can go that route if you wish, it could help, but I don't think you need to. What I'd try is to wait until dark and move them from the old coop to the new one, locking them in the new one so they can't leave. You probably do that for predator protection anyway. Lock up the old coop. The next night they may move to the new coop or they may try to sleep next to the old coop, maybe on top. If it is pretty dark they should be easy to catch. A security light might make that harder if it is not that dark there. Every night at dark I'd move them into the new coop until they start going in on their own. I don't know how long that will take. I've had some go into the new coop after ne night, a couple have taken three weeks before the las ones got that message.

If you have trained them to come when called (using food to train them) you can lure them into the new coop fairly late in the day and lock them in there. If you do this consistently they will learn to sleep in there. I don't use this method because I would not know when I could stop, that they have learned to go in on their own. But it may work better than catching them after dark.

Or you can just try locking them in there for a week and see if that does the trick. That could be pretty easy.

Good luck. Let us know what you try and how it works.
 

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