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  1. lin batt

    lin batt New Egg

    May 20, 2017
    Will the chickens easily learn how to use a top-swinging door? I will have an enclosed run but will not be up early enough to open the coop door for them. Is a coop door necessary if coop & run are totally enclosed?
  2. Dominique Fan

    Dominique Fan Just Hatched

    Apr 9, 2017
    County of Gilmer
    1, Chickens don't care which way the door opens. 2, you do not have to let them out at dawn, you can let them out when you are ready if you planned enough space. 3, No you don't "need" a coop door but it is an added layer of security. Ever think of an automatic coop door?
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  3. lin batt

    lin batt New Egg

    May 20, 2017
    No power to coop. I work nites & sleep 5am til 1pm, so that's why I was wondering if they would use a top swinging door.
  4. Hokum Coco

    Hokum Coco Overrun With Chickens

    Dec 6, 2012
    New Brunswick,Canada
    Chickens are very adaptable creatures that being said the only answer I can think of is try it and see.

    Not exactly sure if I am visualizing your proposed set up.

    It may have to be introduced to the hens in stages to develop a learning curve.

    Good luck BYC buddy.
    Last edited: May 21, 2017
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  5. ChickenMammX4

    ChickenMammX4 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 17, 2015
    SW Ohio
    I don't understand what you mean about using a "top swing door". If there is no electric available and you're not out there early to open it, how will a secure door get opened no matter what the swing?
  6. sunflour

    sunflour Flock Master Premium Member

    Jan 10, 2013
    If the run is totally predator proof, you can leave the chicken door open and let them go in and out as they please. I do have a side hinged door I keep anchored and open, but use it if I need to keep them in or out for cleaning,maintenance on the areas.
  7. jolly wattles

    jolly wattles Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 27, 2017
    West Tennessee
    If no power you can hook it up to solar.

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