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Closing coop door when coop is enclosed in run

post #1 of 7
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We have an a-frame coop with the coop at the very top of the structure. Should we be closing the door every night or is it ok to allow the chickens to go up/down as they wish? I imagine in winter we will need to make sure it's closed so that they stay warm, right?

 

Thanks for any advice :)

Alison

post #2 of 7

I don't know where you live so I don't know your climate. Chickens need fresh air more than warmth.

If you are sure your run is predator proof, you can leave the door open but they won't go in and out at night.

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“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.

Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”                  Mark Twain

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post #3 of 7
Thread Starter 
We are in southern Vermont.

The run is fully enclosed with 1/2" hardware cloth.

Thanks for your advice.
post #4 of 7

Good for you.

Most of the breeds we raise were developed in climates like yours hundreds of years ago with no concerns about warmth in winter.

NPIP 43-813

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.

Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”                  Mark Twain

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NPIP 43-813

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.

Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”                  Mark Twain

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post #5 of 7
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Perfect--we will leave it open unless it proves to be a problem. Extra ventilation can't hurt and I love things that allow me to be a little lazy :)

post #6 of 7

You are allowed to be lazy as long as they have fresh air, fresh water, good nutrition and predator protection. They'll be fine.

NPIP 43-813

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.

Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”                  Mark Twain

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NPIP 43-813

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.

Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”                  Mark Twain

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post #7 of 7

If your run is as secure as your coop, or at least predator proof, keep it open.

 

The door is mostly for protection against nighttime predators.

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Heat the nesting boxes to stop eggs from freezing.

Forever Water Heater one that lasts.

Unfrozen Nipple Watering for those cold days.

Removing dust the easy way.

Quick and Easy 5 Gallon Waterer.

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