Hi! I'm Allison. I live in Downtown Sacramento and I've got 3 lovely ladies (Rhode Island Red, Barred Plymouth Rock, and a little Australorp) that are about 8 weeks old (I got them 8 weeks ago at the feed store). We put them outside a month or so ago and they're happy as clams! I've got that SummerHawk Ranch Vintage Red Barn Chicken Coop from Home Depot which is great, except it doesn't have chicken wire under the run. I let them into the run in the morning and shut them back in the coop when it gets dark. Usually I let them run around for a while (out of the run) when we get home. They're so cute! The Plymouth Rock just figured out how to catch flies off of her poop (she got a mouthful of poop the first couple of times). Anyways, I'm going out of town this weekend (I'll leave today and be back Sunday evening) and I was wondering what you guys thought would be better: leave the door open (allow them to go from run to coop as they like) or closed (lock them in the coop). Here are the facts: It should be below 95 this weekend There are several neighborhood cats that have shown interest (but I spray them with water whenever I see them in the area) I have seen racoons There is no wire below the run We have a gallon water feeder and a pretty big food thing They have been outside for at least a month, but never out of the run except under direct supervision We have a mister on a timer (between 2-6 pm) I put a white tarp over the coop to keep some of the sun off They're not laying or anything I put the water and food in the nesting boxes, so they have access to both either way My concerns are running out of water and getting too heat (if I leave them locked in the coop) or being killed by something (if I let them come and go into the run as they please). I'm ok with them being a little uncomfortable if that means they are alive, but obviously I want them to be happy! These are my first chickens and I already almost lost one to heat stroke (the Australorp) and I really want them to be ok! I know it's super late notice but any advice is welcome! Thanks!!