I have a chicken flock of about 40 hens and roosters and I have three chicken coops. They usually tend to congregate in one chicken coop which is fine but I have extra hen houses for several reasons.
– If things get too crowded or they have to be locked up for extended periods of time due to bad weather, I can separate them – whether they like it or not!
– If there is a lot of bickering or fighting, I can pull out the offending chicken and put her somewhere else.
– If I notice that the roosters are damaging the hens too badly, I will pull all of the roosters out of the flock for a few weeks until the hens have a chance to recover. I try to only keep 4 roosters at a time to help minimize the damage.
– I can use an extra chicken house and chicken run to raise chicks in. Sometimes none of my hens are broody and I will incubate the eggs inside. Since they don’t have a mom to watch over them, they have to be separated from the flock until they are older.
These are just a few of the reasons why it is a great idea to have more than one chicken coop or hen house. The more hens and roosters you have, the greater the chances are that you will need more than one chicken coop.
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