Is your coop door closed every night?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by huntsman, Jan 16, 2010.

  1. huntsman

    huntsman Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 8, 2010
    South Africa
    Do you close the coop door nightly?

    Is that for warmth or security? Or is there another reason you want the chickens inside the coop?

    We have really hots temps here in Africa, and I was considering leaving the coop door open at night, so the ladies can spend time in the run if they choose. The run will be secured...

  2. fordmommy

    fordmommy Dancing With My Chickens

    Jul 16, 2009
    I close mine every night. You could make a door frame and put wire on the door. That way the breeze could still come in but prodators couldn't get in.
  3. Tala

    Tala Flock Mistress

  4. al6517

    al6517 Real Men can Cook

    May 13, 2008
    All of my coops and runs and pens stay locked up tight all day and night regardless. Preditors abound.

  5. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    Locked every night after I do a head count.
  6. Marlinchaser

    Marlinchaser Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 18, 2007
    closed up to keep out the bad guys

    plenty of ventilation at top of coup
  7. PandoraTaylor

    PandoraTaylor RT Poultry n Things

    Jun 29, 2009
    mine run is fairly secured, so my coop pop door stays open, 24/7. I have dogs that keep most predators at bay.
  8. LynneP

    LynneP Chillin' With My Peeps

    All doors closed for warmth and security in winter . I have a window that opens but is sheathed with hardware cloth, and the entire porch is sheathed for hot evenings. The pop opening has 2 doors, one latched on the inside, the other latched on the outside for predator protection. We live where things go bump in the night, including most north woods carnivores...[​IMG]
  9. fldiver97

    fldiver97 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 5, 2009
    Middleton, WI
    Coop door and pop door get closed/locked for the night. The pop door goes into a fenced, roof covered run. I don't always manage to close the popdoor when it gets dark and the girls go to roost but I close it every night. Now the run is pretty secure, only one are that has chickenwire and that is higher up and not very large. The rest is hardware cloth and/or wood on the lower part. Screendoor to go to the yard. So even if it is already dark the few times I am late, the chickens are safe from predators. Also, the coop nd run are inside a fully fenced yard - 5 ft chainlink fence. We have coyotes, racoons, possums, squirrels plenty here. Also red-tail hawks and several resident owls and other birds of prey.

    ETA: The coop has vents up high and a few windows that are fully screened. I the winter the windows are closed, summer they stay open for ventilation.
    Last edited: Jan 16, 2010
  10. ArizonaDesertChicks

    ArizonaDesertChicks Eggstactic for Pretty Eggs

    Dec 8, 2008
    Glendale, AZ
    Quote:Our coop is open to the run day and night because of Arizona's hot temps - the crun is secured. The chickens get up on the roosts each night and go out to the run each morning when the sun comes up. You can see how open it is on my BYC page.

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