Should I lock up my run?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by AAWalkie, Mar 9, 2017.

  1. AAWalkie

    AAWalkie New Egg

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    After 9 months of manually opening and closing my chicken coop and run I have purchased an automatic door. I let my girls free range our fenced backyard and am wondering if I need to lock up the run at night. The automatic door should keep them safe in the coop but I am concerned about making it easier for predators to get to the coop and if their unprotected chicken feed is going to attract attention. I am in the center of a small college town so our predators are raccoons, rats, and opossums. Is it okay to leave the run open all night?
     
  2. chickenweirdo1

    chickenweirdo1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Animals like rats, raccoon's and possums can give your chickens diseases. Especially by touching their food and then the chickens eating it. So i would close it.
     
  3. Birdydeb

    Birdydeb Chillin' With My Peeps

    I would close it too. My run isn't locked but it is definitely closed. Unprotected feed in the run? You have been luckier than me(of course I am out in the country) because i am going to have to remove feed from my run...the rats have had a field day. :( As soon as I quit procrastinating I am going to set aside a whole day to fix all the damage they have done and remove the feeders...which had tops on them and had a wire over the bottom that SUPPOSEDLY chickens couldn't scratch out of....but they did. :( Feed is gonna attract rats.

    Edited to add: I now carry feed down every morning. Feeders are empty. :(
     
    Last edited: Mar 9, 2017

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