one group of birds using 2 coops?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by MaKettle, Sep 10, 2010.

  1. MaKettle

    MaKettle Chillin' With My Peeps

    Does anyone have experience with birds using multiple coops?? Since I have 2 extra chickens, I am not meeting the standard requirements for space in my coop. Its not been a problem so far but I am concerned about what will happen in winter. I can't build a bigger coop overall but I could build another elevated coop in my run that would be good for 2-3 birds.

    My question is--does anyone have experience with using 2 coops?? Will the girls use both or will they all go to the same home each night?
  2. ducks4you

    ducks4you Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 20, 2009
    East Central Illinois
    If you build it, they will come. Just attach it to your run. Your flock will separate and use them both. They are like us--they will fill the space. [​IMG]
  3. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    I have FIVE coops (of different sizes and construction styles). Had to build/buy/create more because of the increasing size of my flock, too. Gosh, I don't know how that happens, do you???

    Anyway, there's a main coop, an A-Frame coop currently used just for laying... nobody sleeps in IT. It was monopolized when Buffy was broody on her eggs, and when she raised the only chick that hatched. Then there's the Duck House, never used by the ducks but I appropriated it as a grow out coop. Those four chicks decided that's where they want to stay at night, permanently. There's a specially-built, purchased coop with attached run, used as grow-out for another batch o' four chicks, and they are in residence in it even though they're not chicks any more. Then there's the Little Tike's Playhouse coop, where four others sleep.

    So, in my case, everybody goes back to their original coops at night. They DO visit the main coop during the day, and Buffy has returned to the main coop WITH the GrandChick, who roosts in there now. Some of the residents of the main coop visit the Playhouse to lay eggs in it, some lay in the A-Frame, for a while somebody would lay an egg in the Duck House, but nobody has started to lay in the grow-out coop with attached pen.

    I consider it all The Olmstead Homestead - it's rather like a commune compound. Friendly visitors from one or another coop to all the coops, roosts, and nest boxes. I'll be adding more coops as necessary, too.
  4. MaKettle

    MaKettle Chillin' With My Peeps

    Thank you both for the prompt replies!! I guess I knew that people had more than 1 coop but I assumed that those chickens were free range...well, I guess I'm not sure how I thought that was any different than my situation. I think my husband is going to kill me [​IMG]

    This chicken thing is so addicting..I'm constantly wanting to make changes, add, improve....I just learn so many new things as I go along in this crazy adventure

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