In the winter it is still dark before I leave for work 6am. It will be light by 7am. I'm hoping to be able to leave the coop door open into the run before I leave. Would you do this? I hate to leave them inside all day if the weather is decent. I'm already way over the budget building my coop so this year an electric pop door isn't happening. I'm home before dark even if I work overtime. Of course really cold and low wind chill days inside will be the option. I will have a run of 1/2 hardware cloth with skirting and as predator proof as I can make it. I will also have straw bales on the west and north sides as a wind break. By then I should know if I'm having an issue with the coons and other neighborhood critters.