Do I really need a door on my coop if it's enclosed?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by BadSpongeBob, May 1, 2009.

  1. BadSpongeBob

    BadSpongeBob New Egg

    May 1, 2009
    I'm chicken-less now, but I've been thinking about getting a couple hens. I'm a family man and homeowner, so I've already got plenty of things to do around the house. I think I can handle all the other jobs of keeping chickens, but the thought of having to close their coop door every night and open it every morning is a deal-killer for me.

    The coop will open into an enclosed chicken run with raccoon defenses all around, that's the main predator here. Does the coop really need a door? If it does, would a doggie door work so they can let themselves in and out? I live in the Los Angeles suburbs, so it's not like they need a door to protect them against blizzards.
  2. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Overrun With Chickens

    Aug 3, 2007
    Oberlin, OH
    In your area, a door may not be needed. I would just make sure the doorway is not facing your prevailing winds. It will keep them dryer.

    By the way [​IMG] from Ohio
    Last edited: May 1, 2009
  3. Kansaseq

    Kansaseq Prairie Wolf Farm Asylum

    Feb 12, 2009
    NE Kansas
    My pop door stays open most of the time, but there are occasions when I want to shut the birds in. You can always leave it open, but it's nice to have when you need it.
  4. DarkWolf

    DarkWolf Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 11, 2008
    Murray Kentucky
    If you're got something like chain link all around and have protection in place to keep things from digging in, or reaching through the chain to grab a chicken then sure. It's not a biggy.

    Coons and possums will be your biggest threat as they both will actively try and break in during the night time. So long as the run is buttoned up well you should be good... But I stress the word should.. [​IMG]
  5. BadSpongeBob

    BadSpongeBob New Egg

    May 1, 2009
    Great, thanks for your replies! Now that I know I can do it, I just have to sell the wife on it...
  6. Luvducks

    Luvducks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 8, 2009
    Good Luck!
  7. Omran

    Omran Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 26, 2008
    Bagdad KY
    Quote:Well I would like to welcome you to the big O Family of BYC.

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  8. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    There are automatic pop doors. You can get the kind that work on a timer or ones that operate on a light sensor. They're not cheap, but take away the problem of having to open and close the door.
  9. BadSpongeBob

    BadSpongeBob New Egg

    May 1, 2009
    Quote:Haha, don't welcome me yet. If my wife won't go along with it, I'll have to keep getting my eggs from Costco!
  10. I*Eat*Chickens*Yum

    I*Eat*Chickens*Yum Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:You are going to sell your wife ? Well, how much ya askign for her ? And does she clean house ?

    JUST KIDDING !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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