Originally Posted by Mr BrahmaRama
Thanks. No auto door yet, but we are locking all of the coop doors at night, the main and run access. They all make there way into the coop just before dark, we lock the door behind them.
That works. I opened and closed my coop every evening for over a year. It's just a pain when you are out with friends and have to run home to close the coop (well, sometimes it is a great excuse to cut out heh) or want to get away for a few days. I know auto doors are expensive, but they are worth it.
I am happier, and more important my chickens are happier with the auto door. They get outside at first sunlight, and are secured every night. Technically I don't have to do anything besides check their food and water every few days, but of course I still visit with them several times a day. Even if I let them free range and forget to close the run, I can sleep good knowing they are still safe.