Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by d.k, Oct 22, 2008.

  1. d.k

    d.k red-headed stepchild

    * If you are raising different breeds or "grades" of chickens, do you have separate coops/quarters for EACH breed/grade??
  2. Wynette

    Wynette Moderator Staff Member

    Sep 25, 2007
    I think it all depends on if you're intending to sell hatching eggs. If so, you'll need to know the parentage of said eggs, and make sure you have a good roo-to-hen ratio to ensure fertility.

    Other than for those reasons, I can't think of one good reason to separate, other than if you have a space issue.

  3. krcote

    krcote Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 21, 2008
    Concord, NH
    I have 8 different breeds all in one coop.... however there is only 1 of each! I think as long as they are of similar size and decent temperment, go for it! Saves money that's for sure!
  4. ncCHICKS

    ncCHICKS Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 5, 2008
    Hope Mills, NC
    Are you breeding them? If so it depends on if you want mutts or purebreds. But no.

    I have a EE, Dominique and a RIR in a coop together
  5. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

    Jun 14, 2008
    South Puget Sound
    I've got 3 standards (diff breeds) & a banty cochin all together. Happy girls!
  6. Jenski

    Jenski Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 17, 2008
    Middle Tennessee
    I agree with krcote in that size and temperament are important factors. If you have a breed that is laid back and easily picked on, you might not want them in with Mediterranean breeds, etc. I would be careful of putting banties in with large breeds unless I were sure the banties were safe.

    And if time and money are not factors, you could make acres and acres of coops and runs, one for each different breed, or heck, you could even throw a different pen for each color of each breed! *sigh*

    I have to go now. The Hatching Egg section is calling me.
  7. Macy

    Macy Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 27, 2008
    I chose to keep some of my different breeds seperate. I did so more for space issues than anything else though.

    I have my red sex-links, ameraucanas, white rocks and my light brahma roo in the largest coop. My black giants are in an old dog kennel that we modified for maximum safety.

    One of my banty roo's is in a cage with a white rock hen but only because my husband felt that Speck needed a companion. Nevermind the fact that she's easily two, maybe three, times Speck's size.

    I am working on seperating my golden sebrights from my buff orp hen and buff cochin roo.

    And last but not least, poor Samson (my tiny banty roo) is all alone. I am looking now for a mate for him.

    But like others have said, it just depends on your personal situation.
  8. d.k

    d.k red-headed stepchild

    * Just trying to figure out a future coup arrangement. I may want to do at least one true to breed, not sure if banties are my thing. I like medium to big dogs, big orange tabby or black cats, and big goldfish and bunnies-- so, I"m thinking big chickens . . . [​IMG][​IMG] How big are dorkings??
    Last edited: Oct 22, 2008

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