Opps! Left coop open over night!

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by mountainbunny, Jan 17, 2017.

  1. mountainbunny

    mountainbunny Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This morning I went out to give my chickens a special treat of leftovers. When I walked outside I noticed that I had left the nest box door wide open. I scolded myself for this. They all seemed calm and OK so I didn't panic. One of my barred rocks was even laying in one of the nests working on a egg. I closed the door and proceeded to open the front coop door to give them their treat. As I was approaching the door my rooster and two of the girls came walking around from the other side of the coop. They had let themselves out. Luckily all of them were just fine. Scrappy my rooster is very watchful and protective of the girls! Normally I don't let them free range unless I am present as we have a LOT of hawks out here and all sorts of ground predators. Shew! Glad they are all OK and just had a fun morning. Has anyone else ever done this?
     
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  2. Dmontgomery

    Dmontgomery Chillin' With My Peeps Premium Member

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    Scary! That's happened here before. I'm awake by 4am everyday and the coop is in the side yard. I can see it fairly well, even at night. I get scared and run out in my pajamas and slippers expecting to find carnage. Never have lost one though.
     
  3. GOTchickens1978

    GOTchickens1978 Just Hatched

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    My daughter left the run open one night but my chickens were fine, free ranging my yard in the morning. Whew
     
  4. rosemarythyme

    rosemarythyme Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My best prevention for this is double checking each night. Either my husband or myself lock up the coop, and then a few hours later when the dogs get let out to go potty one more time, husband double checks the coop again (checks latches, shines a flashlight on floor).
     
  5. mountainbunny

    mountainbunny Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm usually good about making sure I close every thing up each time and am mindful of making sure the latch on the nest box is locked. I just got distracted after collecting the last egg. That won't happen again. I'm sure Scrappy the rooster and the two girls that got out really enjoyed their extended foraging time this morning. I'm just glad my rooster was one of the escapees as he is very vigilant about watching for predators.
     
  6. Flock Master64

    Flock Master64 Overrun With Chickens

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    I don't think I've ever left the coop or run gate open before. Once I left the garden gate open and to get to the coop you have to go through the garden and open a gate to get into the coop.
     
  7. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Yeah, I've done it several times..... I have a 'pretty secure' run, but still, makes your heart pound.
     
  8. Folly's place

    Folly's place Chicken Obsessed

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    I've had this happen here, sometimes with losses, and lots of guilt.... Mary
     
  9. sheetmetaltom

    sheetmetaltom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    did it one time and luckily got away with it, everyone was ok when i came out in the morning. wasnt happy with myself.
     
  10. mountainbunny

    mountainbunny Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sorry you had some losses Mary. I'm glad my roo was one of the escapees. He is very protective. I've seen him call them to the coop after spotting a hawk I didn't see. They were enjoying their free time with out me watching over them. Still don't plan to let that happen again!
     

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