If your coop and run are not large enough to shut your chickens into for a week -- at least 4 square feet per bird in the coop PLUS 10 square feet per bird in the run -- then you need to seriously consider enlarging them at the earliest opportunity.Ok it’s just a week is a long time to be stuck in a coop and run.
I would not leave door open at night. Do they have somewhere they can go out that is caged? I did that and a Coyote came and eat my turkey.So I’m leaving for about a week. Will it be ok to keep my run door open at night because I don’t want to leave my chickens in their coop for that long?
I totally agree with HomesteaderWife about making sure the run is predator proof, and I understand your desire to let them out.it’s just I don’t wan to leave them in their coop for a week, I’ve done it once and they make a mess and I know they would like to run free.
I use chicken sitters. A friend comes over in the morning, feeds the chickens, lets them out and checks the water. Since I live in town and the chickens are behind a 6 foot privacy fence, a 4 ft pig wire fence and a hardwire cloth run, the door stays open. So far, I have only lost one hen and one chick.You could look into a chicken-sitter.
I'm afraid that when you return home, you won't have a flock.
I would say it depends on the integrity of your chicken run. Mine is as safe as I believe I can make it. I leave the coop door open at night all summer, it gets way too hot here to "coop" them up tight in the summer heat and I don't have a problem. Plenty of clean, fresh water, food, I would suggest they would be fine (IF and I stress IF your run is safe)So I’m leaving for about a week. Will it be ok to keep my run door open at night because I don’t want to leave my chickens in their coop for that long?