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.