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do I need the door closed?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Rooneytune, May 25, 2011.

  1. Rooneytune

    Rooneytune Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 18, 2011
    So my flock puts themselves back in the coop at dusk every night... so cute. Their little door opens into a very secure run (made with cattle wire panels, hard wire cloth, bird netting over the top, etc) my question is: do I need to close their door at night or can I just let them be? They are VERY anxious to get out in the morning when I let them out. I am asking because we are going out of town for a few days and I have a girl coming over to check on them, but I don;t want them to be locked in the coop if she doesn't get over here right away.
  2. tgperg

    tgperg Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 7, 2011
    Oklahoma City
    If I didn't close my door here I wouldn't have chickens in the morning. Just about every predator out there likes a good chicken dinner.

  3. bobbybedard

    bobbybedard New Egg

    Mar 24, 2010
    My coop and run doesnt sound as secure as yours and I never close the door between them. I also set out a pre-emptive strike against predators with traps out all the time. It all depends on your predator (including neighborhood dogs) situation. I think only you can decide this one for sure. Maybe make friendly with a neighbor this week and ask for their help?
    Last edited: May 25, 2011
  4. bryan99705

    bryan99705 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sound solid, what predators do you have? I don't keep a door on my hens all the way out to the fenced pastured, the turkeys are still tweens so they are restricted to a enclosed run similar to yours. I would not worry, given your set up, about a door if they were here but it's your turf and your predators to fight and ultimately your choice
  5. coloradonewbie

    coloradonewbie Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 25, 2011
    We have four 10- week old hens, and they're in a temporary house inside a very secure pen -- made out of hardware cloth and 2x4's. They've been out there for weeks now, and everything is fine -- but if you only have netting over the top of your pen, I wouldn't trust it to keep them secure at night. (We have flagstones or rocks around the bottom of the pen, and chain-link fence around 3 sides -- and we're in the city, so skunks and raccoons (and dogs and cats, of course) are our main predators.)

    I'd ask your chicken-sitter how early in the morning s/he can make it, so your girls aren't too unhappy . . .. It does mean a twice-a-day visitation schedule, though . . . .

    Good luck!


    PS This is our first time keeping chickens, but the person who built the pen is a good carpenter who wanted to keep her turtles safe -- and she built well!
  6. Rooneytune

    Rooneytune Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 18, 2011
    thanks for the advice... We live in the city and I have not seen much in the way of predators (I know they are out there...lurking...) We are going to give it a try tonight, before we go out of town, so I can keep an ear on them.
  7. ErinG

    ErinG Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 6, 2010
    Bird netting will not keep raccoons out. I would lock them up. We lock ours up at dark every night, if we are going to be gone we either ask a neighbor to lock them up or we leave them in. Better safe than dead [​IMG]
    I do know of people that don't lock their girls up at night and don't seem to have many losses - they all have dogs on their property. I think this keeps raccoons and possums away, but that is just a guess.
  8. Rooneytune

    Rooneytune Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 18, 2011
    Quote:we do have a dog, but she is in for the night too [​IMG]

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