For those of you who have an attached run do you still secure the birds in their coop at night? I have built a 4x4 coop and am attaching a decent size run to it. I was going to construct an automatic door with a used car antenna to open the door in the morning and close it at night. I am wondering if I need to worry about securing this door if it is only accessed through the run, which itself will be secure. I like the idea that the birds can go in and out as they like. It would also alleviate any worry that my automatic door opener has failed if I am out of town for a weekend.
I would still want to reduce draft. I have seen doors with those plastic curtain strips hanging over them that the chickens can just walk through. I was also wondering if a doggie door would work or will the birds not be able to figure it out?