silly ? do you leave the coop open

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by doodledo, Jun 13, 2007.

  1. doodledo

    doodledo Songster

    Jun 4, 2007
    during the day while they are in the run? I am new to this, as if you cant tell. [​IMG]
  2. AK-Bird-brain

    AK-Bird-brain I gots Duckies!

    May 7, 2007
    Sterling, Alaska
    Come summer time we leave their door open to the run 24/7. Ours lay eggs at different times of the day, so leaving the door open allows them free access to their nest boxes and food/water.
  3. chickensrme

    chickensrme In the Brooder

    Jun 3, 2007
    i leave it open during the day every day and then at night i close them in
  4. Critter Crazy

    Critter Crazy Songster

    Apr 19, 2007
    Binghamton, NY
    my birds free range, I open the door at 7 am and close the door at about 8-9 pm when it is dark. It is open all day long.
  5. 4H kids and mom

    4H kids and mom Cooped Up

    Mar 10, 2007
    Southern Wisconsin
    I do exactly the same as CC, but I dont let mine out until a bit later (as they approach laying age, I am hoping they will use this time to lay) usually around 10am, and then lock them in at 8-9pm. The big door gets closed (to keep the goats out) but they have a smaller chicken door that is open all day long so they can go in and out as they please. My chickens also free range all day.
  6. MayberrySaint

    MayberrySaint Chillin' Out

    Mar 7, 2007
    Mount Airy, NC
    I do the same as CC and 4H Mom...but have been keeping my girls in until about 11 AM. I am hoping when they start laying they will use the nests in the coop and not outside while free-ranging.
  7. chick-chick

    chick-chick Hatching

    Jun 10, 2007
    If your chickens are free range, do you have to catch them all and put them in the coop or do they learn to go in at a certain time? I'm a total newbie, so I know close to nothing about this right now.
  8. aran

    aran Songster

    Apr 28, 2007
    rochester ny
    my guys and gals have the coop open into the enclosed run 24/7
  9. Critter Crazy

    Critter Crazy Songster

    Apr 19, 2007
    Binghamton, NY
    Quote:the Birds put themselves away, before it gets dark. Chickens have poor vision at night, so they prefer to be in their coop safe before it gets dark. as young birds, they do have to be taught tho. [​IMG]
  10. TransplantedTexan

    TransplantedTexan Songster

    Jul 9, 2007
    Bear Creek, Wi
    MY coop is a stone building the previous owner constructed for the purpose of housing chickens. It holds 24 right now.
    They all go in around 8 pm, light or dark. I let them out before I go to work at 7am to roam about 3 acres. They go in before 8, and then I shut the door.

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