Question about 2 flocks

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Bil, Oct 9, 2009.

  1. Bil

    Bil Songster

    May 8, 2008
    Cottage Grove, OR
    I have 2 hen houses on my property. One that I built in my shop (house A) and one that was on my property when we moved here (house B). House B was not where I wanted to have my chickens so that is why I didn't use it at first. Now I am wanting to add more chickens (I know, I should have know at first that 12 wouldn't be enough!!!) I don't think house A is big enough to add another 12+ hens, but house B is.

    The problem is, my chickens free range all day on our 5 acres, and B chickens would have the same access to the land as A chickens do. So B chickens could go in A house and A chickens could go in B house. I don't want to build a chicken run because where both of the chickens houses are is where I will be adding goats in the spring, and I don't want to make the goats area any smaller.

    So, will the 2 flocks be able to live together, but not sleep together? [​IMG] Is there anyway to program the chickens to where they should be and where they shouldn't be? Any suggestions on how to make the transition easier? Or should I just keep with my 12 and be happy? [​IMG]


  2. thedeacon

    thedeacon Songster

    Nov 14, 2008
    Let them fre range every other day
  3. MistyValley

    MistyValley Chirping

    Sep 4, 2009
    Patterson MO
    Quote:That was my first thought. Remember though I'm still a newbie.[​IMG]
  4. HorseFeatherz NV

    HorseFeatherz NV Eggink Chickens

    I have two coop. One in the front of my property and one behind my house. We have 11 acres and all birds free range together. Everyone goes to their place at night.
  5. greathorse

    greathorse Songster

    Oct 1, 2008
    Northern Colorado
    I have two coops right next to each other. So far they go to their own coops to roost. I let them out for a few hours when I get home from work, not sure what would happen if they were to hang out together all day.

    when I begin breeding of course they will all need to be separated.

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