Leave the chickens out in the run all day?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Stormy, Mar 17, 2015.

  1. Stormy

    Stormy Chirping

    Jun 7, 2008
    South Carolina
    If you have say, 33 chickens and an 8' x 10' coop.

    And let's say you have a 10' x 20' run that has hardware cloth around the perimeter as well as hardware cloth on the sides that are 7' tall.

    And you have chicken wire across the top....

    Any reason you wouldn't leave the girls out all day in the run if you are at work? Maybe free range them on the acreage when you are home and confine to this run and coop during the day while at work?
  2. dana0710

    dana0710 Chirping

    Mar 11, 2014
    East Texas
    I'm away from the house 10 hours a day and I leave my girls in the run. It wouldn't be a great life if they stayed in the coop all day.[​IMG]
  3. welasharon

    welasharon Songster

    Jun 28, 2010
    North Florida
    A coop that size is too small to keep them cooped up in without having problems from crowding....so yes let them out in the run. Sounds like the run is well built. I live in Florida so mine are penned in what amounts to a run...there is no coop.
  4. coop-er

    coop-er Songster

    Nov 28, 2012
    I open my pop door 1st thing every morning, 365 days a year. My flock spends as much or as little time as they wish outside. The temperature, amount of sunlight, weather and their natural curiosity determines whether they are out or in. Their choice[​IMG]. Happy chickens lay wonderful eggs.
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  5. PapaChaz

    PapaChaz Crowing

    May 25, 2010
    NW Georgia
    absolutely let them have access to the run all day, that's kind of the reason for building it wasn't it? :)

    I'm with coop-er, mine will have access all day every day. whether I'm going to be home or not
  6. Sure; the coop doors get opened before I go to work in the morning (this morning it was 5:30 am so they were still sleeping and it was still dark) and they stay open so the chickens can go out in the run and back in the coop to (hopefully!) hit the nest box to lay eggs all throughout the day until it starts getting dark in the evening.

    Then we tuck them in at night (after their late afternoon treats, of course!) by closing up the coop doors each evening.

  7. ECBW

    ECBW Songster

    Apr 12, 2011
    If your run is secure ( and it sounds so) like mine. Give them full time access.
  8. HighStreetCoop

    HighStreetCoop Songster

    Aug 28, 2014
    Oakland, CA
    My Coop
    This is exactly what I do.
  9. Same
  10. pennypenny

    pennypenny In the Brooder

    Jan 22, 2015
    If my run is predator proof, is it necessary to close the girls into the coop at night? (Close the pop door) Or can they just go in and out as they wish? We have about 3-4 more weeks until the girls are outside so making sure I am ready ;)

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