Originally Posted by Sylvester017
Jeff is not alone -- I'm over 70 and DH & I still mourn for any chicken/chick we lose or have to euthanize. Forget thinking that we could even try eating one of them!
Originally Posted by valarok
I need to add décor now. Also im going to install a auto open/close door.
Originally Posted by TJordan
If I had of had an auto door all of my birds would be dead right now. No thanks.
That's very true but at the same time, didn't you have a heat lamp fire? If one doesn't have a heat lamp or any other heat source they should be fine. I personally don't think I'm going to get an auto door though cause they're too expensive to buy and too much work for me to make one myself plus I like to check on my birds and make sure they're all there every night. But the other point I'm trying to say with that is that whether you have an auto door or no auto door, I still lock my birds in the coop every single night so they wouldn't have been able to get out anyway should that happen to me. And if they could they'd only manage to get to the run which idk how safe thatd be. But once I get a new, secure, bigger coop and run I may try leaving the door open overnight and letting them decide. Though they like to sleep on the roosts at night anyway but it may let them choose to wake up earlier than I can let them out or get out should a fire or predator happen. I'm gonna have high branches and stuff in the new one hopefully. But I also like the security of locking them in every night so we'll see. Sorry, rambling here, but anyways, I'm very sorry you lost your birds and it is a very awful tragedy and obviously not your fault but I just don't think an auto door has to do with it. Although it is a great thing that you accidentally left their door open and the adults were able to get out. I don't think it was an accident they survivedEdited by KDOGG331 - 3/21/16 at 8:14pm