separate "coops" for roosts and nesting? anyone tried this?

jennifer0224

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Hello,

I built this 4 x 6 coop last year for my 6 chicks. I'd like to get 3 more chicks in the Spring (but no more, per the city), but i feel their coop will be too crowded. I was thinking, one solution would be to build a smaller, raised coop next to this one for nesting boxes and feed, and turning this current one into, just roosts. Does anyome have experience with a design like this? Do you think it would work for the hens? I cant really think of a way to expand the current one, enough, and still be able to clean it easily since it is not a walk in. Attached is a picture.

Thanks!
 
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jennifer0224

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That is what i thouht when considering building another full coop, which is why i thought of this plan - having only the nesting boxes in one and only the roosts in another? One building for sleeping, one for eating and laying?
 

donrae

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If what you have works for your current birds, I'd just plan on building a new coop for the new birds. They'll likely be two separate flocks anyway, so sleeping and laying in different areas will come pretty naturally.
 

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