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Hen house door?

post #1 of 7
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This is probably a dumb question, but this is my first flock, and I'm just learning.  

 

I just finished building my coop with an enclosed run.  Is it necessary to have a door to the hen house at the top of the ramp, if the run is predator proof?  

 

Thanks in advanced.....and here's a photo of the coop/run to give you an idea of what I'm talking about.

 

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post #2 of 7

No question is dumb.  You just haven't had any of life's experiences with this yet that's all. 

 

Predators are bad. They will try and get in to your chickens....always.  They dig under... fly over...and try to go thru the wire. 

 

I do have (I think) a secure run. Might be proved wrong by a predator someday.

 

I do have a chicken door that I close. I live in an area where winters can get cold. so I like the idea of regulating when my flock can go outside. the door helps me do that.

 

Lisa

 

 

post #3 of 7

oh...You finished your awesome coop!!  It is so beautiful!  You should be proud...

 

I agree with the farmchick..  You'll probably want a door there at some point - may as well put one in :-)

 

Congratulations!!

 

When do the girls move in??

Proud Mom of 1 New Hampshire Red, 1 Buff Orpington, 1 White Leghorn, 2 Black Sex-Links, 2 Rhode Island Reds, 2 Easter Eggers, & 3 Barred Rocks, 1 ottb, 1 fox trotter, 1 red roan filly, 2 dogs, 11 cats...

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Proud Mom of 1 New Hampshire Red, 1 Buff Orpington, 1 White Leghorn, 2 Black Sex-Links, 2 Rhode Island Reds, 2 Easter Eggers, & 3 Barred Rocks, 1 ottb, 1 fox trotter, 1 red roan filly, 2 dogs, 11 cats...

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post #4 of 7
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Thanks for the responses.  I figured I'd put one on, but I was wondering if it was a necessity or not.

 

The silkies are a week old, and the others are about 5 days old, so I have PLENTY of time before they move out to the coop.  They are in their brooder in the basement right now, and then I have a secondary brooder set up in the garage.

 

Here's one of the girls:

 

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Yesterday was about 70 degrees though, so my 3 and a half year old son and I took the chicks out to forage in the run for about 15 minutes, and they had a blast.

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post #5 of 7

Your coop is very cute btw. love it.

 

I am guessing you do not have electricity in your coop? hence the basement for brooding?

 

 

post #6 of 7
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Originally Posted by WI FarmChick View Post

Your coop is very cute btw. love it.

 

I am guessing you do not have electricity in your coop? hence the basement for brooding?

 

 


I built the entire coop myself, but I'm really not comfortable doing the electric hu.gif......safety for the chicks and my children.  So, Saturday I have an electrician coming to give me a quote for running a line underground to the coop, as well as installing a light on a switch and an outlet.  I plan on using the lighting to extend the egg laying season and the outlet to plug in a heated water base for a galvanized waterer.  

 

Call me a yupee if you will, but there are certain things that are best left to the trained professional, and I believe electrical work is one of them.  idunno.gif

 

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post #7 of 7

I completely hear you about the electric part! smile.png     

 

I am lucky my DH knows how to do that!   celebrate.gif

 

 

 

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