Do I need to lock my chicks in at night?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by lulurenee, Jul 4, 2010.

  1. lulurenee

    lulurenee New Egg

    May 12, 2010
    My chicks are 8 weeks old and have been outside for about 2 weeks. There was an existing coop on the property we moved on and the chicken door had a broken hinge on it so I was securing the chickens in every night by putting a cinder block next to the door. There is a "chicken yard" fence and a coyote fence between them and the property line.

    Is it essential that I lock them in the coop at night? Don't they naturally go in at night and come out in the morning? Is it a predator thing (the reason for locking them in)?

    Any input is appreciated! Thanks!!
  2. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    They need to be locked in. Raccoons are very crafty and can open anything a 2 year old human child could. Given all night to work on it other predators could find a way in too I'm sure.
  3. YES
  4. urbanfarmer101

    urbanfarmer101 Chillin' With My Peeps

    If you want live chickens in the morning, you should lock them up at night. They are a tasty treat for many predators. I lock mine up by dusk in the coop. I also close the attached yard that opens into a fenced 1/2 acre pasture. Safety first. [​IMG]
  5. Dora'smom

    Dora'smom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 14, 2009
    Even if you have a predator-proofed yard, you should bring your birds in at night. Having them out might attract the attention of predators who would have otherwise moved on.
  6. ChooksChick

    ChooksChick BeakHouse's Mad Chicken Scientist

    Aug 17, 2008
    Larry, KS
    My Coop
  7. noodleroo

    noodleroo Snuggles with Chickens

    Apr 29, 2010
    Rockport, Tx
    Quote:Well put.
  8. Rohnasmom

    Rohnasmom Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 4, 2010
    Bradford County .Pa.
    Considering that coyotes got my 14 pound roo, I'd think the chickens should be kept in and away from predators. A bit of caution is always in order. Best wishes with your youngins!
  9. lulurenee

    lulurenee New Egg

    May 12, 2010
    Thanks for the advice... I'll get that hinge fixed and keep up with the block in the meantime [​IMG]

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