I see a lot of prefab chicken coops with runs that don't look like the actual housing structure has doors to lock them in at night. Is it somewhere I can't see? Or is there just no doors and they go into the run when they want in the morning and go into the house at night to sleep when they want? Any issues with predators without locking them in?
Question for those with prefab chicken coops with run--do they get locked into the house structure at night?
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My starter coop was also a prefab, though it was made of Fir wood and the doors are made with 1/2" wood excluding the trim. I should have painted it when I first got it but it was supposedly sealed. Not the case. I had it for years but kept it in a sheltered area and it was fine. One winter exposed to the elements and the wood cracked and leaked. I have kept it as an isolation coop (after repairs). It works great for quarantine and for keeping a few growing chicks that are big enough to go outside but not to be mingling with the big girls. It does have a door to allow them to go from the coop directly to the run.
Edited by islandgirl82 - 6/9/16 at 5:13am