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

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by jennifer0224, Jan 10, 2016.

  1. jennifer0224

    jennifer0224 Out Of The Brooder

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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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  2. Percheron chick

    Percheron chick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Your hens won't read the memo and will all gravitate to one coop.
     
  3. jennifer0224

    jennifer0224 Out Of The Brooder

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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?
     
  4. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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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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