Multiple coops, one run?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Swamp Roo, Apr 26, 2008.

  1. Swamp Roo

    Swamp Roo Songster

    Apr 22, 2008
    SW FL
    Any problems with having more than one coop attached to a run? I'm building a run and thinking of the future...
  2. The Chicken Lady

    The Chicken Lady Moderator

    Apr 21, 2008
    West Michigan
    My first question would be are you planning on keeping different breeds separate in different coops and do you keep roosters? If yes, you may have some problems with cross-breeding if you let them all out into the run at the same time.

    Also, if you had plans for all the chickens to stay in different coops at night, you probably wouldn't be able to force them to divide themselves up the way you wanted every night. They might all end up in just one of the coops fighting over the roosts there...

    Of course, you could always fix this problem by staggering the times they were allowed out in the run OR you could divide up the current run with additional fencing.

    If none of these issues seem like a problem to you, then I'd say go ahead and do it since it would probably save a lot of space.
  3. Dawn419

    Dawn419 Lost in the Woods

    Apr 16, 2007
    Evening Shade, AR
    We recently divided our main run to give us a grow out area for chicks.

    Coop frame in front of main run (we removed the cattle panel section after the new coop was put in place)...


    Dividing the main run...


    4' access door on the far right...


    Hope this is some help!

  4. Swamp Roo

    Swamp Roo Songster

    Apr 22, 2008
    SW FL
    Thanks. I think I'll just make it bigger than the coop will "handle" and then if I add another coop, I'll subdivide if I have problems. Thanks again.
  5. normajean

    normajean Songster

    Apr 14, 2008
    Howell, MI
    You can also have different sized in/out doors...ones that only bantams or pullets can get in and out of.
    Good luck!

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