Multiple coops and one main yard or run.

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Robert B, May 24, 2016.

  1. Robert B

    Robert B New Egg

    May 21, 2016
    If I build multiple coops and they all share the same yard will the chickens that were raised together in one coop stay true to that coop or will they mingle into different coops?
  2. Peeps61

    Peeps61 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 19, 2014
    NW Florida
    I have a set up similar to this. I have two coops - a small coop and run, and a large pen with a small coop in it. I keep my hens confined 3 of 7 days out of the week, and I let them out on Friday through Monday each day to free range, and then I lock them up at night. Certain birds prefer one coop or the other, but most are happy where they end up. I go out with the meal worms, so they tend to run to whichever coop they like best and wait there for me to come feed them.

    So, yes, most of them will go to a particular coop, but don't be surprised if there is some cross over.
  3. Robert B

    Robert B New Egg

    May 21, 2016
    Thanks for your input I appreciate it.
  4. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon

    I have 5 different pens. Three are separate flocks with specific hens and roosters and two are grow-out pens.

    When I open doors and let different pens free range together, each group goes back to it's specific pen at night. Once in a while I might get a bird that winds up in a different pen but for the most part everyone sorts out themselves.

    They do go in and out of each other's pens and explore the other feeders during the day. But my layers all go back to their own boxes to lay.

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