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Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by donsgirl67, Oct 24, 2013.

  1. donsgirl67

    donsgirl67 Out Of The Brooder

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    Since I work full time, will I just open the door to the run in the morning so they can come out when they are ready? I get home before dark.
     
  2. Chickmagnet36

    Chickmagnet36 Out Of The Brooder

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    That's what I do, but keep in mind, I have a secure, covered run for them.
     
  3. donsgirl67

    donsgirl67 Out Of The Brooder

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    Yes, that's what we are building. So if it gets stormy, will they run to the coop? Chicken newb here. Not getting them until Spring.
     
  4. nab58

    nab58 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    yes, they will go inside the coop if the weather is not suitable....be it rain, snow, wind, heat.
     
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    yyz0yyz0 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a secure run area so I never close the door to the coop. I do plan to close it during real cold or snow storms but have not closed it all summer. They are able to come and go as they please.
     
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  6. donsgirl67

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    Thank you all! I'm so glad I found this site I'm learning so much. :)
     
  7. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    An automatic coop door opener is what you need!

    Yes they will come out by themselves if you open the door early. However, owls especially love to get inside coops and kill chickens in the early morning hours (and evenings)...hawks will do this as well.

    If you are at work all day I would recommend keeping them in a secure covered run as the others said they do. Then let them out when you get home and/or on weekends. Dogs, raccoons, hawks, owls, rats/weasels...there are many predators around that seem to know when you aren't home.
     
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  8. donsgirl67

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    We are building a pretty large run so they have plenty of exercise room.
     

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