Hello BYC family

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Jaaon, Mar 13, 2017.

  1. Jaaon

    Jaaon Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 9, 2017
    pennock mn
    Hello backyard chicken family my name is Jason I'm new here my wife and I just moved to a house outside of town we are still legally in the city limits but we're a quarter mile from the actual town so we got permission from the town to have animals chicken couple horses a pig or two but all of them have to be contained so I build an 8x8 chicken coop and I'm going to build a 30 foot by 8 run behind it. The question that I have is if the run is completely contained should I lock the chickens in the coop at night
  2. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

    Mar 9, 2014
    My Coop
    Hello, Jason, and welcome to BYC! Congrats to you and your wife on the recent move and your new adventure.
    The question as to whether or not to close the coop at night is one that comes up often and, at the end of the day, is one you have to decide for yourself. Closing the coop puts one more layer of security between your birds and potential predators during the vulnerable roosting hours. You don't *have* to close it - if you are completely secure in your assessment of the predator resistance of your run and/or okay with the potential for loss(es) that's your call to make. I have done both at different times in my years of keeping flocks - and, knock on wood, have not had an attack or loss under either scenario.
  3. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Greetings from Kansas, Jason, and [​IMG]! Great to have you in our flock! I completely agree with Ol Grey Mare. I personally lock my birds up in their coop every night. Too much risk in my are with raccoons - they would have wiped me out long ago! Best of luck to you and thanks for joining BYC! [​IMG]
  4. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams Premium Member

    G’Day from down under Jason [​IMG] Welcome!

    Great advice from Ol Grey Mare.

    I have a low predator risk, just pampered pooches and fat, lazy puddy cats so with my secure run, I do not need to close the elevated coop door. However, if the predator risk was high, I definitely would be.

    You might want to also pop in and say hello on your local thread: https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/26/where-am-i-where-are-you ‘Find your State’s thread.

    I hope you enjoy being a BYC member. There are lots of friendly and very helpful folks here so not only is it overflowing with useful information it is also a great place to make friends and have some fun.

    If you would like to share pictures and stories of your flock, you have come to the right place. BYC’ers never tire of these and do not back away slowly or commence eye rolling when the photo album or home videos come out [​IMG]
    Last edited: Mar 14, 2017
  5. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    I like to err on the side of caution, I think you should close them up in the coop at night.
  6. N F C

    N F C phooey! Premium Member Project Manager

    Dec 12, 2013

    I always closed my coop, just in case. It's a small, easy step of protection to take.

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