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Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by river46201, Apr 22, 2016.
Is it necessary to have a door that closes if your coop is inside a completely enclosed run?
Guess it depends on how predator proof your run is and the weather conditions where you live - a howling wind blowing into the coop (or rain) would not be good. For peace of mind, i would always close the coop door, but thats just my opinion.
The opening into the coop is on the bottom, rather than the side of the coop. (Built it 2' off the ground to make access to the eggs easier for me with bad knees & back) And we've built the run to be as predator proof as we possibly could, so...since it's free & clear of rain/wind & critters, not having one SHOULD be ok?
Maybe other members can chip in. My birds free range, so don't have a run and i think that it would be better to see what feedback others give, based on their experience.
Ken... HAD to build a "protected run", after 1 of our 2 "rescued hens" got taken out by a hawk in the middle of the day that has decided building a nest right across the alley from our house was a good idea! We gave the other rescue to a friend. Now? Now we're prepared! (But trying to figure out where/how to buy juveniles, as I have no where to keep babies...unless they would be ok in the coop?)
I leave the door from my coop to my run open all the time. However, I have the whole thing surrounded by electric poultry netting to keep the 4 legged predators from getting too close. In the winter I cover the sides of the run with clear shower curtains so that the hens have a nice windless place to be outside and so wind doesn't blow in the pop door of the coop.
I live in the woods, got hawks, snakes, coyote running every where but I still leave them on the line or in a regular pen however they are of game they'll die trying to fend for themselves.
And the ones who die or failed to survive then they're no good, makes no sense but still
These links may help you in terms of integrating young birds into a flock
As for purchasing birds, i would suggesting joining your state thread (just type the name of your state in the search box) and asking their, as members close to you would be best placed to advise.
I don't have a door from my chickens' coop to their run. Well technically I do have a door, it is totally removable though and I haven't put it up since last summer. My run is pretty predator-proof too and I haven't had any problems.