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Closing coop door when coop is enclosed in run

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by ac3070, Apr 27, 2016.

  1. ac3070

    ac3070 Out Of The Brooder

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    We have an a-frame coop with the coop at the very top of the structure. Should we be closing the door every night or is it ok to allow the chickens to go up/down as they wish? I imagine in winter we will need to make sure it's closed so that they stay warm, right?

    Thanks for any advice :)
    Alison
     
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    I don't know where you live so I don't know your climate. Chickens need fresh air more than warmth.
    If you are sure your run is predator proof, you can leave the door open but they won't go in and out at night.
     
  3. ac3070

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    We are in southern Vermont.

    The run is fully enclosed with 1/2" hardware cloth.

    Thanks for your advice.
     
  4. ChickenCanoe

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    Good for you.
    Most of the breeds we raise were developed in climates like yours hundreds of years ago with no concerns about warmth in winter.
     
  5. ac3070

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    Perfect--we will leave it open unless it proves to be a problem. Extra ventilation can't hurt and I love things that allow me to be a little lazy :)
     
  6. ChickenCanoe

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    You are allowed to be lazy as long as they have fresh air, fresh water, good nutrition and predator protection. They'll be fine.
     
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  7. RonP

    RonP Chillin' With My Peeps

    If your run is as secure as your coop, or at least predator proof, keep it open.

    The door is mostly for protection against nighttime predators.
     

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