In the Brooder
- Nov 25, 2012
So I'm building a chicken coop/covered run at my school and its going to be managed completely by volunteers since I'm graduating this year. I'm going to have a coop and an attached covered run and I obviously want them to sleep in the coop every night. I don't think I'll have trouble training them to sleep in there but I'm wondering how important it is that I close the doors between the run and coop. I'm in northern California so it never gets below 40 degrees Fahrenheit or so at night and most of the time closer to 60. All doors to the outside will be closed and we're using hardware cloth and heavy duty staples to try and stop raccoons/predators but can they dig under? In my coop at home I have a similar design and we've had no trouble with raccoons or anything but we lock them up every night. It's just that if we're going to close the doors between the run and coop at school at night, I'd have to get someone who will be there after school to go out and close them up. I dont think this is really a problem at all except during certain months they would have to get the chickens in and close em up long before it's actually dark out because the person will have to leave school around 6:00 or so. Does this make sense? I'm now realizing as I write this that it's pretty important to lock them up to keep them safe but is it okay to have them locked up for a few hours when its still light out? And how hard would it be to collect them all and get them inside if they're running around? Basically, any ideas/recommendations to help me solve this problem?