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Hi there- my five hens roam around during the day in a 1200 sf pen (keeps dogs but not possums/coons out). At night they are locked in a very secure 100 sf coop/run. The latter is in a slab and has a roof and partial walls, sufficient protection from most south Florida elements.

I'm going out of town for a few weeks. Have a person coming to feed and water all the beasties, but only once daily. Was going to get an automatic door opener to let them in/out, but would feel a lot safer if they were just locked in the whole time. Recent possum sightings and dog won't be around.

My question- will they go bonkers if locked in for that long? According to "the math" they have enough space inside, but it's not what they are used to.

Thanks in advance for your input!!'
post #2 of 4

Are you able to try this for awhile before you go away and see how they handle it?

"When raising chickens you must think like a chicken...NOT like a human!"

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies-diseases-injuries-before-they-happen 

 

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"When raising chickens you must think like a chicken...NOT like a human!"

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies-diseases-injuries-before-they-happen 

 

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post #3 of 4

Their lives are more important than their sanity.  lol I'd leave them locked up.  Get them one of those blocks of seeds to keep them entertained.

But that sounds like plenty of room for 5 hens anyway.

Just because you caught it in a trap, doesn't make it the killer of your chickens.

 

Poo chart:  https://uconnladybug.files.wordpress.com/2015/01/scatlayout_bottom-worthadam.jpg

Foxes climb:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t6YQdi5gbFg and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lt8FG9Fblis

Possums eat ticks  http://www.caryinstitute.org/newsroom/opossums-killers-ticks

A Chicken's Life:  https:/...

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Just because you caught it in a trap, doesn't make it the killer of your chickens.

 

Poo chart:  https://uconnladybug.files.wordpress.com/2015/01/scatlayout_bottom-worthadam.jpg

Foxes climb:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t6YQdi5gbFg and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lt8FG9Fblis

Possums eat ticks  http://www.caryinstitute.org/newsroom/opossums-killers-ticks

A Chicken's Life:  https:/...

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post #4 of 4
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Thanks for the replies. No time to test things out, agreed life > important than sanity :-)
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