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What time is too early to open the coop door?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by jrossetti, Oct 19, 2009.

  1. jrossetti

    jrossetti Chirping

    Oct 12, 2009
    Utah County, UT
    What time of the morning is too early to open the coop door to let the girls out into the run? I wake up at 5 to get to work at 6, and I was wondering if it's too early to open the coop door on my way out at around 5:50AM?

  2. L*A*G*

    L*A*G* Songster

    Nov 19, 2008
    planet chicken
    that's fine they just won't go out until daylight.
  3. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    Predators such as raccoons often are doing some of their major hunting just before dawn, so there is definitely more risk involved in doing that.

    If you are ok with that, that's fine, just want to make sure you know how the predator schedule works [​IMG]

    Good lcuk, have fun,

  4. SunnyDawn

    SunnyDawn Sun Lovin' Lizard

    Sep 12, 2009
    Nor Cal
    Quote:This is what I would worry about too. Depends on the area the coop is located in. Although I get racoons in my yard at night and I have a 6' fence.
  5. mdbokc

    mdbokc Songster

    Jun 22, 2009
    Oklahoma County, OK
    I have an electric fence that will make a grown man, yell, cuss and then shout some more. If I didn't have that, I would wait until light. As it is, I do the same and some days it is still dark. One or two will peek out, then go disappear back into the coop. They then come out as soon as they can see in the morning light.
  6. toletiquesbysam

    toletiquesbysam Songster

    Sep 19, 2008
    Ours gets opened about 6:45am, and currently that's still pretty dark yet! The geese and ducks come right out but the chickens stay in until it's lighter!
  7. cposz

    cposz Songster

    May 5, 2009
    Twin Cities, MN
    Our henhouse opens to the run below - they come out when they feel like it. Shortly after sunup, usually.

  8. RlgNorth

    RlgNorth Songster

    Mar 18, 2009
    North Pole, ALASKA
    I have been wondering this myself.. Living in alaska where in the winter it is dark all the time. Well the sun does come up I think our darkest day the sun is only up for an hour. I have desided I will let the chickens out once we are up and moving My dogs do a good job of letting me know somthing is here that shouldn't be.
  9. L*A*G*

    L*A*G* Songster

    Nov 19, 2008
    planet chicken
    Quote:only 1 hr!!!! i coundn't handle that. i live in ga and i thought getting dark at six was late!
  10. Tala

    Tala Flock Mistress

    The one and only raccoon attack we had happened at 5:30am.

    I would worry.

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