OK so I am gonna throw myself under the bus. JUST FYI for some of you newbies. I see and hear lots of panic stories about locking the coop at night etc. Well for what it's worth (and I know many will disagree) I NEVER lock my birds in the coop at night. They are all contained in the coop/run. They are free to go to bed when they want and go out when ever there want in the morning. And just in case yer wonderin yes I do live in the country. In fact I live so far out in the styx that they have to pipe daylight to me! Yes we have yoddle dawgs, bears and BIG kitty cats. But anything that is gonna get a chicken dinner here will have to get into the run then fit through a chicken size door into the coop then get up 3' off the ground to pull the birds off the roost. By the time all that could happen I will probably already have delivered a lead injection and the problem would be solved. SSS ! ! ! That is how we do it here!
I don't lock mine either...but i have a 5 ft chain link fence all around my yard....but the other day when DH went to leave for work around 4:30 in the morning, a coyote was standing at the chain link looking. also we had a cougar just 1 road over ...it is gone now.