Time to share a story or two about getting locked in the coop and/or run...I'm not the only one this has happened to, right? My first experience with being locked in happened when we were building the coop. Everything was complete except for some last minute details before moving the chicks in. I was on the floor in a corner painting and DH was doing some work getting the door lock in place. Once he was done fiddling, he latched the coop door and left to go on to other chores, not realizing I was still in a corner painting (at least, that's what he SAYS, lol). After about 30 minutes he finally came back to pick up a tool he had left behind only to find me mad as a wet hen! That was when we realized we had to come up with a way of unlocking the coop door from the INSIDE. Whew, took care of that real quick. Did we learn from that experience when we built a large, covered run? Nope. Sure enough, DH "accidently" locked me in the run and there I was stuck, just me and the chickens, for about 15 minutes. This time he didn't come back before I managed to use a stick to move the run door latch. Thank goodness my chickens just happened to have a long sturdy stick on hand to help me out! The lesson we learned from building our coop and run was, don't forget to make it possible for the chicken folks in your life to get out from the inside. We were so caught up in protecting our girls from predators getting IN the coop and run, we didn't think about the need for a human to get OUT of the coop or run. Because it was kind of embarrassing and DH was so sorry, I wasn't going to write about this on BYC until I read of a similar situation happening to another member. Just wanted to point out what can happen so other's will be spared in the future! Save yourselves! P.S. We've been talking about building a tractor for the girls, but I'm just not sure how I'll get out once DH locks me in that!