In the meantime, we have chickens. Young and old, hens and roosters, and we also have ducks. Our new batch of Spring chicks eventually were old enough to be put out into the yard. It can be tricky incorporating a younger flock in with an older group. Also, my experiment with ducks this season found us trying to referee older male ducks vs young hens. Let's just say the ducks were winning the battle. What do all of these situations have in common? The need for separate housing and sometimes separate yards.
So, Farmer Tom hatched a plan to make mini coops with attachable covered runs. These smaller modular shelters allow groups of birds, about 6-10 per shelter, to roost and sleep without conflict. Sometimes we use them to segregate for injury or breeding purposes. During the day, they are all free to move about the yard and socialize together or apart.
This mini coop system has many advantages. The coops are portable and we can rotate them around the yard.
How do you keep your animals fat and happy during the winter?
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