Why do I need a coop door?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by j_morgan76, Mar 3, 2011.

  1. j_morgan76

    j_morgan76 In the Brooder

    Feb 18, 2011
    Titusville, FL
    I am a newbee so forgive me if this is a dumb question but.. Why do I need a coop door? The coop & run I built is screened in with porch screen and chicken wire. Why do I need to lock the chickens in the coop if the run is secure?
  2. wannabchick

    wannabchick Songster

    Nov 27, 2010
    Northen Va
    If it's fort Knox..then u don't have too

    I see lots of open air coops on here..so it looks as if they too are built with just wire and in a run..

    We , like me..would lock them in their coop at night because I wouldn't trust my run..lol


    Good luck
    Last edited: Mar 3, 2011
  3. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    Only hardware cloth will keep out predators. (And it would also need to be buried or aproned out along the edges, and the pen covered in it too.) Weasels and rats can get in unless it is 1/2" hardware cloth.

    That would be a Fort Knox run. So, rather than spending all that money for the perfect run, people choose to close the chickens up at night. A raccoon can open chicken wire with it's "hands" quite easily, and dogs can tear through it.

    Some people say that there IS no predator proof run, and the wild animals spend all night for HOURS searching for a way in. One person wrote on BYC that he or she saw raccoons tearing off roofing shingles to try to get in a coop. They can open latches the same as a toddler.

    It is cheaper and easier to close chickens up in a wooden coop with the windows done up in hardware cloth for most people.

    These are things that I have noticed while reading lots of posts on BYC.

    I hope this helps!
  4. PortageGirl

    PortageGirl Songster

    Nov 8, 2008
    Portage County, Ohio
    You'll see it said here over and over, and often after a dog, raccoon, opossum, and any number of other critters gets in to have a free supper.

    "Chicken wire is good for keeping chickens IN, but practically useless at keeping predators OUT."
  5. Luke13:34

    Luke13:34 Songster

    Aug 3, 2010
    The Naugatuck Valley
    Why do I need a coop door?

    So the chickens can get out? [​IMG]

    I have my coop inside a Ft Knox reinforced run. I often just don't close the door if the weather isn't too cold/rainy/windy. The girls like to get out much earlier than I like to wake up and let them out. I do weekly checks around the whole run, though, to look for evidence of any weakness or attempted break-ins.​
    Last edited: Mar 3, 2011
  6. elmo

    elmo Crowing

    May 23, 2009
    Porch screen and chickenwire isn't a secure run, sorry. A solid sided coop with a securely locked door will keep your chickens safe if a raccoon comes by at night and rips into this run (which it could easily do).
  7. ARose4Heaven

    ARose4Heaven Songster

    Apr 16, 2009
    Flippin, AR
    Even a fluffy rabbit can get through screen wire. And chicken wire is barely able to contain a chicken. Hardware cloth...the only predator proof wire. Unless of course you have bears...nothing short of a shotgun stops them.
  8. The Tinman

    The Tinman Songster

    Jun 10, 2010
    Fairfield County CT
    So the big bad wolf has something to huff and puff and blow down [​IMG]
  9. ARose4Heaven

    ARose4Heaven Songster

    Apr 16, 2009
    Flippin, AR
  10. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    Quote:The run is NOT secure, though.

    Your run certainly is not even remotely secure, a raccoon would go thru it in about two and a half seconds and so would any number of other predators.

    And frankly even people with much more securely-built runs, who are CERTAIN that their welded wire and hardwarecloth and all that will keep out all comers, not-infrequently wake up one morning to discover they were mistaken <insert bloody pile of feathers here>

    Really really.

    You need a coop door with your current run, and you would greatly benefit from one even if you significantly beef up your run fencing.


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