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Hello people! I am new to back yard chickens and have a question. First I have a coop/run that measures 8 feet long, 4 feet wide and 5 feet high. It's completely secure and has a inside coop area that has two roosting bars and two nesting boxes. The inside of the box area where they sleep is
 

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Hello people! I am new to back yard chickens and have a question. First I have a coop/run that measures 8 feet long, 4 feet wide and 5 feet high. It's completely secure and has a inside coop area that has two roosting bars and two nesting boxes. The inside of the box area where they sleep is 3 feet by 3 feet box. I have made an attached run that is 20 feet by 6 feet which is not secured from Ariel threats. So I allow them out during the day and put them in at night. My question is when the sun goes down they go inside there little box area and roost. Should I close that little door to the inside to avoid any wind issues?
 

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Yes, close the door to the coop at night. Chicken wire will only keep you flock in it will not keep a determined predator out, so yes close the coop at night.
 

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i keep mine open all the time, having said that my coop and run is in a secure garden with little or no predators. also the wire i use is alot stronger than chicken wire.
 

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I would close it. In fact, I do close ours every night. I'm not giving anything the opportunity to dine on my girls during the night. Doesn't take much for a weasel to get in or a snake to name a couple predators. Mice & rats will also find it an invitation with the door open.
 
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