Hello Everyone. Happy Spring! My NH Reds are now a year old and the egg production hasn't event slowed since they started laying last August. I have a nice coop for them which is raised about 40 inches off the ground. The coop door opens into a 9x12 penned area where I used construction cloth on the sides and roof, and buried the sides down about a foot. My question is - Is is necessary for me to close the coop at night? Up until now, I've been running out there after dark to close the coop door. Then, in the morning I run back out there and open it so the hens can come back out. Lately, when I'm coming home from a late meeting I forget to close the coop door. But since the pen is secured, the hens seem to be fine with it, and happpy that they can come out as early in the AM as they'd like to. Thank you for your input. - Jim P.