Do chickens have to be locked in their coop at night?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by hawk, Jun 16, 2009.

  1. hawk

    hawk In the Brooder

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    We have a small door for the chickens to go out of the coop and into a 3' by 8' fenced in area that is totally fenced in and preditor proof, do we need to lock them in the coop at night or can they always have access to the little run area?
     
  2. Chicken03

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    If their run is predator proof then you can leave the door open at night.
     
  3. consdrs

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    Quote:this means FORT KNOX proof. pit bull proof, raccoon proof, fox proof etc, etc, etc. If you feel that NOTHING could possibly get in your run and then to your coop then yes leave it open. I have FORT KNOX and I close it up every night.
    I read recently about a pit bull having got through a chain link fence and killed someones chickens. THROUGH CHAIN LINK. yikes!

    I am totally paranoid just so ya know...
    Connie
     
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  4. hawk

    hawk In the Brooder

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    I don't know of any pit bulls close by but we do have foxes, I don't know how hard a fox would work to get into it there were a couple 6" gaps I had to cover with chicken wire but we also have a very good blue heeler that hears the smallest noises at night so I think that helps.
     
  5. bluey

    bluey thootp veteran

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    I really can't imagine chickens utilizing the run at night, they are basically zombies after dusk until dawn. Locking them in the coop is the safest option.
     
  6. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast

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    You only lock the chickens in the coop that you want to be alive in the morning.


    I also say this one at least 15 times a day.

    Just floss the teeth you want to keep, don't worry about the other ones.
     
  7. quiltnchik

    quiltnchik Songster

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    Quote:I feel the SAME way! [​IMG]
     
  8. backpack09

    backpack09 In the Brooder

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    Quote:Chicken wire only keeps chickens in. Just about any of the night critters can easily chew their way right through it.
     
  9. briana1975

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    Lock them in every night. I have master lock on mine.
     
  10. joanie_maine

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    Quote:Absolutely!
     

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