Newbie Question

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Muzzleblast, Feb 17, 2009.

  1. Muzzleblast

    Muzzleblast Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm building a raised coop (4'x8') three feet off the ground with a 12'x8' run. There will be a large door on the side of the coop facing the run that is 3'x3' for access to clean etc.

    If the door is left open at night will the chickens still roost in the coop or do they need to feel more secure?
     
  2. FarmerDenise

    FarmerDenise Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The chicken don't care if the door is open at night, but you might, after you loose a few to vermin.
    Chickens will happily roost in a tree.
     
  3. Muzzleblast

    Muzzleblast Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for the quick reply. I did not think they would care but wanted to be sure. Leaving the door open in the summer will help with ventilation in the summer.

    I will build a separate door with just wire on it that swings the opposite direction from the solid door.
     
  4. FarmerDenise

    FarmerDenise Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Having that second door with sreening will definitely be a good idea. We build screening into the eaves of the henhouse, which we close up for winter to keep the rain and wind out.
     
  5. eggzettera

    eggzettera Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I leave the door to the run open overnight all the time BUT the run is very secure. As long as nothing can get into the coop they will be fine.
     

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