Lock my coop door at night?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by gitlost80, Jan 27, 2010.

  1. gitlost80

    gitlost80 Trigger Pullet

    Mar 27, 2009
    Hi, I am building my first coop, and wanna know if a flapping dog door still needs to be locked shut every nite even when the coop is inside of a predator-proof run? Do they come out at night and party if i dont lock it? Thanks

  2. Countrywife

    Countrywife Corrupted by a Redneck

    Aug 20, 2009
    We lock all ours, not cause the girls come out, but because rats go in.
  3. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    If you are absolutely SURE your run is predator proof, then you can leave the door open with that pet flap to help keep the cold air out and the warm air in. Chicken poker parties are inside affairs. [​IMG]
  4. toletiquesbysam

    toletiquesbysam Songster

    Sep 19, 2008
    I shut and close mine up every night. I don't have a "lock" on it but a slider that keeps it shut nice and tight!
  5. Teach97

    Teach97 Bantam Addict

    Nov 12, 2008
    Hooker, OK
    I leave my door open as their outside space is perfectly safe...well...so far

  6. CityChook

    CityChook Songster

    Apr 9, 2008
    Minneapolis, MN
    My Coop
    I lock mine every night using a small luggage lock. Key is hanging next to the human door (which is also locked). Coop and run are like fort knox. Never even have had anyone attempt to get in. I'm in the city, but have a very healthy urban raccoon population that travels through my backyard nightly. The last thing I want is for my kids to go out in the morning to feed/water the girls and find a slaughter scene.

    Maybe try checking out the predator section before making your final decision.
  7. jaboo81

    jaboo81 Songster

    Dec 9, 2009
    New Braunfels TX
    If we r at home we close and lock it. If we r gone we do not ask the people helping out to come over twice a day to open and close up the pen.
  8. Doormantnt

    Doormantnt Songster

    May 4, 2009
    Glen Burnie, MD
    I was told by an old farmer a while back...."Only lock-up the ones you really want to keep.....let the one's you don't mind lossin' run".... works bout the same for the coop I assume.....I lock my run door, and coop doors.....don't really want to loose any of my 6 I guess.

  9. gitlost80

    gitlost80 Trigger Pullet

    Mar 27, 2009
    Thanks for the suggestions!!!

  10. gsim

    gsim Songster

    Jun 18, 2009
    East Tennessee
    City chook nailed it for me too. I do a lockdown even tho I have a 6 ft tall welded wire fence set in cement with a fence charger on it. Not 3 nights ago I had a power outage of 1 1/2 hrs. That is plenty of time for a coon to enter and kill all 23 of my chooks. Best to have two lines of defense in case Murphy's law renders the first one inoperable.

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