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Need advice on moving birds to a new coop

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by meganwf, Dec 17, 2007.

  1. meganwf

    meganwf In the Brooder

    Oct 25, 2007
    I built a little movable coop out of a garden cart:


    It was supposed to be for a trio of bantams but things didn't go according to plan (how shocking!) and it is now trying to hold 1 bantam roo (Oliver) and his two hens plus three other bantams and a huge buff brahma that thinks she is a bantam because she was in the same shipment as the tiny ones. Needless to say, it is quite crowded and not good for winter though it is full of litter, hay bales around it and plastic stapled to the screens. They share the same yard as the old rooster and his hens (all standard size and have their own eggmobile) and I have all of their food and water in one separate sunroom. I would like to move them into this newer coop I got on craigslist and have been fixing up (i'm not done yet)


    I thought I would move the birds (Oliver and his harem) at night, make the garden cart disappear and keep them in the new one for a few days with their own food/water? Since they all share the same yard as the other birds and have a pecking order established, am I going to throw it out of whack to have them enclosed in the new ark for a few days then let them out again?
  2. AtRendeAcres

    AtRendeAcres Songster

    May 23, 2007
    Clarion County
    I can not see any of your pictures!

    As far as putting ones from cart into a new coop: yes lock them in the first few days

    or are you putting both groups together?
  3. meganwf

    meganwf In the Brooder

    Oct 25, 2007
    ok, let's try these links:

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/frasers/956562857/" title="DSCN6719.JPG by Scott Fraser, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1430/956562857_f9633d5874_b.jpg" width="768" height="1024" alt="DSCN6719.JPG" /></a>

    then the second one:

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/frasers/2073796006/" title="DSCN8893.JPG by Scott Fraser, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2230/2073796006_35d7933a75_b.jpg" width="1024" height="768" alt="DSCN8893.JPG" /></a>

    I was not going to put them all together as the two rooster don't exactly get along and there is not room enough for all the birds in any one coop! I didn't even mention the third coop and separate yard! I have had two contractors look at my barn to see about making a big static winter coop for all but no one got back to me.

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