Should I give my hens a choice of coop please?

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  1. PaulaMc

    PaulaMc Chirping

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    Hi everyone. This is my first post on this great site. I am in Manchester, England.[​IMG]

    Have got 3 ex battery hens and 3 black silkies, 2 are miniature.

    The problem is that the big girls dominate one of the miniatures in the coop and often sit on her in the nest boxes. The ex batts tend to sleep in nest boxes as they have never roasted. I have 2 coops so should I let the silkies have the smaller one?
    Have had the silkies for about a month and the big girls since May.
    Any advice gratefully received.
    Thanks so much [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
     

  2. junebuggena

    junebuggena Crowing

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    Two coops usually doesn't work too well, especially if both are too small for all of the birds. They tend to choose one coop, and everyone piles in. This leads to a lot of flock tension, even though there is another coop completely empty. Flock mentality.
    You need a minimum of 4 sq ft of coop space per bird.
     
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  3. PeepersMama

    PeepersMama Living in a galaxy far, far away...

    I would make sure that the bantams have enough room on the roost to get away from the older girls. If they are getting picked on so badly that they can't get enough food or water, then definitely give them the smaller coop.
    AS for teaching the batts to roost, here's a helpful link: http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2012/07/coop-training-chickens.html
     
  4. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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  5. PaulaMc

    PaulaMc Chirping

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    Awww thanks that's really nice of you [​IMG]
     
  6. PaulaMc

    PaulaMc Chirping

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    Hi
    Didn't think of that so really appreciate the advice[​IMG]
     
  7. RodNTN

    RodNTN Hatchaolic

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  8. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    [​IMG] I understand UK silkies are large fowl, here in the US they are bantam size. The banties aren't very good flying (wrong wing feathers) but can jump high. They usually like to pile up in a corner on the floor. I don't know if the large ones act the same. Other breeds tend to bully polish and silkies because they look so different. Hens tend to want to use the same nest box even if there are several identical ones. When the others get tired waiting they will often climb in and lay an egg on top of the resident hen.
     
  9. redsoxs

    redsoxs Crowing

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    Greetings, paulmc, and :welcome! Great to have you with us! Best wishes to you and your silkies! :)
     

  10. CuzChickens

    CuzChickens CountryChick

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    Hello there, and welcome to Backyard Chickens! Thanks for joining us, I hope you enjoy it here as much as I have!
     

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