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Coop Door--Open at night? Or not?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by lothomson, Jan 6, 2015.

  1. lothomson

    lothomson Chirping

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    Hi guys,

    I live in a suburban area with my lovely SLW pullets. Every night after sundown,

    I usher my chickens into the coop (if they already haven't gone in themselves).

    I don't have a chicken run because they have free-range of my large backyard and

    of their pin (large enough to fit in a raised garden bed with lots of space to walk

    around that).


    Anyways, should I keep the door to the coop open at night?

    There is a gang of stray cats in my neighborhood and a small family of raccoons and

    possums... it makes me nervous to keep it open.



    [​IMG]Any thoughts?
     
    Last edited: Jan 6, 2015

  2. SunkenRoadFarms

    SunkenRoadFarms Chirping

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    Close it. Anyone of those predators can and will destroy your flock.
     
  3. Percheron chick

    Percheron chick Crowing

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    absolutely. You are playing with fire. Follow your gut. It's usually right.
     
  4. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Free Ranging Premium Member

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    I agree with the above posters. An open coop at night is inviting all kinds of critters over for chicken buffet.
     
  5. RonP

    RonP Crowing

    I keep my door open 24/7, only because my run is as secure as my coop.

    Most predators come out at night.
     
  6. HighStreetCoop

    HighStreetCoop Songster

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    If you don't have a secure run, you MUST have a secure coop.
     

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