Should I close my coop every night?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by xrayjwd, Oct 31, 2011.

  1. xrayjwd

    xrayjwd Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 19, 2011
    Have three chickens about two months old. They are protected in a run and seem to be safe from all predetors. Is it ok to leave the door that they go from the coop to the run open all the time or should i close it every night?
  2. ke5hde

    ke5hde Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 29, 2011
    I personally would close it. Not worth the chance.
  3. AlienChick

    AlienChick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 9, 2010
    Glasgow, KY
    I had a secure run attached to my coop and left the little chicken door open at all times day/night.

    When I woke up in the morning, I would open the run and allow them to free range.

    This worked for me because my run was secure from predators and it allowed my chickens to go outside in the morning before I got up.

  4. Nicole01

    Nicole01 Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 28, 2011
    I lock mine in at night. We use welded wire and I heard weasels can get inside. I'd never chance losing my girls.
  5. Marcymom3

    Marcymom3 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Definitely! Last week there were several posts from people who forgot to do it just one time and had tragic results. I hope that for my birthday in a few weeks, my husband will put a roof on my run and rig up a way for me to open and close the pop door with a pulley system.
  6. NottinghamChicks

    NottinghamChicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    I do, unless it's extremely hot and muggy with no air movement, then and only then will I leave the coop open to their run. I also have them right outside my bedroom window and don't get much sleep on those rare occasions.
  7. ScottyHOMEy

    ScottyHOMEy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 21, 2011
    Waldo County, Maine
    My advice is to get them accustomed to going in at night and then buttoning them up tight. A coop is a lot tighter than any run, and having them in there during the night when the predators are afoot will protect them from all but the most agresssive rats. And there are ways to deal with those.
  8. piecemaker

    piecemaker Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 12, 2008
    Centerville Texas
    I usaully leave mine open BUT last night something got The Man Chicken and the egges one of the girls were sittin' on,so they will be closed now. I have some little NN that have always roosted in a tree. Tried everything to get them to aleast roosted in the barn but they like the tree.
  9. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    If the run is secure, I suppose it's OK,

    I always say, just lock up the chickens you want to keep alive.
  10. chickengrl

    chickengrl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 30, 2010
    Northern Virginia
    I would personally close it every night. There are more predators at night and there are many that have managed too get into the most secure runs. I wouldn't chance it. Just my opinion. Good luck either way.[​IMG]

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