Do you need to close the coop at night?

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Do you need to close the coop at night?
« on: September 30, 2019, 08:55 »
Hello.

Further my thread a few posts down I received approval for hens on my allotment!

So now in fullon planning mode.

Realistically as they eon't be at my house, I know at certain times of the year I won't be there to open the coop at dawn / dusk etc which means I'll likely  need to get a timer.

However, if I build a fox proof enclosure do I need to lock them in the coop if the run of secure?

I have seen chickens can roost outside, they needs ventilation but ideally not in a draft.

Does anyone do this with their hens. It will likely be in a plastic coop, probably Eglu Cube but am just seeing what is around 2nd hand.

Thanks

Al

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Re: Do you need to close the coop at night?
« Reply #1 on: September 30, 2019, 16:32 »
In my opinion if the enclosure is fox proof there is no need to put them in at night.  Don't see the point myself.  The whole point to put them to bed is to protect them from foxes and the like. 
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Re: Do you need to close the coop at night?
« Reply #2 on: September 30, 2019, 19:35 »
No I donít put mine in at night, theyíre on my allotment & in a fox proof run with slabs dug in all the way round & a weldmesh frame on top with a weldmesh roof covered with onduline & slabs or other things laid flat all the way round the pen. The pop hole is sited away from the prevailing wind & has plastic strips covering it, think walk in freezer type plastic strips. They have an automatic water system & a treadle feeder. I do go everyday once or twice, to poo pick the house & remove eggs & see they are alright. If Iím there a couple of hours before dusk they get a sprinkle of corn.
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Re: Do you need to close the coop at night?
« Reply #3 on: September 30, 2019, 22:34 »
Thanks both very much for your replies. I'll need to see if I am confident I can make the run fox proof (I am but easy to say that before starting) and if so, sounds like this might be an option. 

I also help to get a treadle feeder, which also don't appear particularly cheap.

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Re: Do you need to close the coop at night?
« Reply #4 on: October 01, 2019, 15:05 »
My treadle feeder was about £24 off eBay but hasnít got a hopper, some of those are lots more but Iíve only got 4 birds, well I had 4 birds but Iím just about to get my granddaughters 3 to add to the flock (as they are moving in with us for a few months whilst their new house is renovated  & they canít have chickens there anyway). You have made me think I might need a bigger feeder as I donít have to fill it that often but Iíll have to fill it more with more birds. They will come with their own I suppose so could just use that.



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