I'm not sure if this coop question should be here or not

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Tamidon, Jul 2, 2008.

  1. Tamidon

    Tamidon Chirping

    May 23, 2008
    Coops have that little door for the chickens to go into the run. If you have an enclosed run do you need to close that door at night and make sure all the chickens have come in to roost? or do they bed themselves down at night and leaving the little door open is OK?
  2. arlee453

    arlee453 Songster

    Aug 13, 2007
    near Charlotte NC
    Depends on your predator situation and how secure your run is.

    if the run is reasonably secure given the predator threat, then it's OK to leave the door open all the time.

    When you first move them in, you will probably have to round them up around twilight and shove them in the coop for a few evenings so they will learn where to sleep. Once they figure it out, they will put themselves to bed and will be up with the ....well...chickens!
  3. steven11788

    steven11788 Songster

    Jun 13, 2008
    hickory Nc
    at first as above round them up, and show them,then if the runs secure leave the door open, i acsionly sleep in and if i would forget it they might hurt me if there stuck in it till about 11.00 am..lol
  4. wynedot55

    wynedot55 Songster

    Mar 28, 2007
    yes close your hen door at nite.because coons possums an skunks can get in there.an they can an will kill your chickens.

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