Show me your breeder pens

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by FrontPorchIndiana, Dec 15, 2008.

  1. FrontPorchIndiana

    FrontPorchIndiana Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 8, 2008
    Indiana
    I have an old barn that I'm thinking about dividing into small pens to keep all my roos separated with their ladies. Something the equivalent of breeder pens. I'm looking for the best ideas on layout.

    Hinkjc shared her thread about her awesome coop,

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=87157

    anyone else out there have breeder coops to share?
     
  2. Frizzledhen

    Frizzledhen Spear Gunnin' Coons

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    Feb 17, 2007
    Michigan
    Sorry I don't have pictures but I do have a barn. I have 4, 10X12 coops and 1, 7X7 coop in the barn. One coop is for the RC RIRs. One coop is set up for the bantam egg layers (non breeders) and broodies. One coop is set up with the bantam cochin girls that will be used for breeding. One coop is set up for the girls that I want hatching eggs from, those who have been in the breeding pen with Mr. Right. The 7X7 coop is the breeding pen. I have large dog crates set up for the bantam cochin boys. I swear they have learned to say "it's my turn". [​IMG]
    If you have enough room for a separate coop for each rooster and his hens that is great. My coops, or pens, are built right next to each other so the center wall works for both pens. I used the back wall of the barn as the back wall to the coops so I just had to add the center walls and the fronts to each pen. Just make sure the pens are large enough for the number of chickens you will be housing in them. I started out with the walls 6 foot tall but ended up adding on because those little banties can fly right over 6 foot walls. Each coop, or pen, has nesting boxes and roosts. I use the deep litter method for warmth in the winter. I didn't have room to build a feed room but did have enough room for a chest freezer to store the feed in, it is mouse proof. I suggest you take some measurements and start drawing out plans on paper. I changed my plans so many times I am glad all I had to do is get another piece of paper. Once you have everything worked out, start building. [​IMG]
     
  3. needmorechickens!

    needmorechickens! Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 2, 2008
    West TN
    I am looking for ideas on breeding pens too. How big do you think each one needs to be for a roo and three hens?
    ~Rebecca
     

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