Attached run question

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by odysseychicken, Sep 27, 2015.

  1. odysseychicken

    odysseychicken Out Of The Brooder

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    For those of you who have an attached run do you still secure the birds in their coop at night? I have built a 4x4 coop and am attaching a decent size run to it. I was going to construct an automatic door with a used car antenna to open the door in the morning and close it at night. I am wondering if I need to worry about securing this door if it is only accessed through the run, which itself will be secure. I like the idea that the birds can go in and out as they like. It would also alleviate any worry that my automatic door opener has failed if I am out of town for a weekend.

    I would still want to reduce draft. I have seen doors with those plastic curtain strips hanging over them that the chickens can just walk through. I was also wondering if a doggie door would work or will the birds not be able to figure it out?

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  2. sunflour

    sunflour Flock Master Premium Member

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    I have an all-in-one type covered coop with run. The entire structure is predator proof, so I leave their coop door open and they come and go as they please. But, do make sure your run is absolutely predator proof for this to work.

    I don't think they are strong enough to push thru a doggie door, but think the plastic "curtain" should work well.
     
  3. odysseychicken

    odysseychicken Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for the response. I think I am going to go the same route you did. I may go ahead and install the door while I am building the coop just in case I ever feel the need to use it.
     
  4. yochickiemomma

    yochickiemomma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I shut my girls in their coop for the night, but the roof on my run is not 100% secure and we have a fox problem. Also I have a slight case of OCD
     
  5. sunnysideup2

    sunnysideup2 Out Of The Brooder

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    I surrounded the outside of my run with pavers so nothing can dig in. The girls free range in the day and are shut in at night. I tried to enclose a photo, but I can't figure out how.
     
  6. Mutt Farm

    Mutt Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

    X2 on @sunflour I'm a) lazy (I prefer to call it efficient) and b) have a secure run. I'd worry about a malfunction as well. It'd be nice to have an automatic door if the weather gets bad or if you suspect a lurking predator. I don't shut mine in. That said, I've been here for many years, know what predators lurk and have a ranch dog alarm system that has never malfunctioned. I say try it and see, be mindful of local predators. Keep us posted!
     
  7. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    I don't have an actual door between the coop and the run, just two openings in the coop wall so they can come and go as they please.

    I think with a 4x4 coop, you need to be more concerned with airflow and ventilation than blocking the door for drafts, unless you have a strong prevailing wind from that direction. That's not a very large space, and moisture can build up quickly.
     
  8. odysseychicken

    odysseychicken Out Of The Brooder

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    I feel confident now that if I build a secure run then I can leave the coop door open. I will still build it with a door just in case.

    I shouldn't have a ventilation issue. Lots of venting at the top of my coop and in the warm months my two windows come out and pretty much open up two sides. I am more concerned that leaving their door open will make it too cold in the winter when the night time temps get into the teens to below zero.
     
  9. sunflour

    sunflour Flock Master Premium Member

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    I don't have to deal with weather as cold as yours. We do add a clear thick acrylic wind block outside the coop run during the winter and that blocks wind blowing them off the chicken ramp. I have top hinged shutters on both windows to be able to close or partially close the windows when needed.

    If you haven't already done so, you should do a scaled drawing of your plans and may get some input on winterizing?
     

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