The General Poultry Chat Forum

Discuss all aspects of raising poultry. No topic is too small


Open coop overnight

What would happen if I stop closing chicken coop for the night and just keep electric fencing on?

SaySoMeanSo
Wednesday, August 11th, 2021

More than likely lose all your birds.
Why would you want to do that anyway?

nama-man
Thursday, August 12th, 2021

I donít lock up mine ever left open 24/7 electric netting around them all the time turned on , have had no problems

Williams poultry
Thursday, August 12th, 2021

Only a matter of time, trust me.

nama-man
Thursday, August 12th, 2021

What's the point of keeping it open over night? My guys and gals don't move in the dark ...?

Bea
Thursday, August 12th, 2021

Simply, depends on a system. If you have number of paddocks with different type of birds whit automatic feeding and watering system, not closing them at night or open them in the morning would save lots of time. While automatic doors would work fine for chickens, not so much for ducks and geese.

SaySoMeanSo
Thursday, August 12th, 2021

Also no need for chicken coop, just some cower from rain and wind.
Also would be good some lights on timer for the winter, meaning there is nothing to do for them inside the coop when lights on.
Plenty of benefits ...

SaySoMeanSo
Thursday, August 12th, 2021

Your posts are not making much sense at all, lights on... Nobody home I think.
If you can't be bothered to lock your birds in at night or check them when you let them out in the morning then it makes me wonder why you bother keeping them at all.

nama-man
Thursday, August 12th, 2021

You not making any sense. If I would be so sensitive and afraid of everything like you, I would go strait to doctor.
Why would I go every morning and evening doing same if I don't have to.
William's poultry says it works he is doing it right now while you keep pushing your opinion based on your feelings. Your opinion is noted thank you very much.
Who are you anyways ...

SaySoMeanSo
Thursday, August 12th, 2021

A poultry keeper who has kept birds for over 40 years.
Carry on, yours won't last too long, especially with your attitude, ask for advice and then ridicule it.
Jog on pal.

nama-man
Friday, August 13th, 2021

Here you go. Congrats with your 40th anniversary, you are amazing, true veteran. And we all should just do what you tell us.
What is your advice anyway? If I'll do this they all dye, and if they are not dead yet then they will die soon, or they will dye anyways because of my attitude. Is that's what happens on your farm? All just keep dying?
This forum does not belong to you, I have heard your opinion many times, thank you very much. Now grab a bucket and jog on around your same whatever you do for last 40 years pall. I wanna hear from people who actually have done this or thinking about doing it. Stop polluting my forum.
Oh and you will be the first tho know as soon all my 5 paddocks will drop flat on the ground dead.
Jog on pall? Who come up with that nonsense anyways?

SaySoMeanSo
Friday, August 13th, 2021

All is always well until the first predator attack. Keeping hens makes us responsible for their safety. Never underestimate predators, domestic, farm or wild ones. Good luck - because you're going to need it.

Bea
Friday, August 13th, 2021

I have been leaving the coop door open the last 2yrs and never had an attack , Iíve the electric netting powered on 24/7 as long as you have a good shock you should have no problem, well I havenít anyway

Williams poultry
Friday, August 13th, 2021

I am glad for you Williams poultry. My first attack happened 13 years into keeping birds, this was an attack in broad daylight. And trust me, a determined predator won't give a monkey's about a shock. Let's assume for arguments sake your friendly local escaped group of three huskies find their way to your set up. They won't even notice the shock through their double coat and even if they do it might just spur them on. You do realize once the first contact was made with the fence the next contact is nowhere near as powerful and it will take some time to recharge fully. Low ampere ensures anyhow nothing gets killed by the shock so I would consider electric netting an additional safety features but it's hard to penetrate a securely shut door.

Bea
Friday, August 13th, 2021

This is off a mains and my neighbour has 2 sheepdogs and there always up snooping and the minute the there nose touches the fence there running down the drive crying

Williams poultry
Friday, August 13th, 2021

I use an electric fence (mains powered), a manually controlled run door, and an automatic (Chickenguard) pop-hole door -- that's three layers of defence with two always in use, because the run door switches fence off when closed.

If, for any reason, we're not home to shut the run door then the fence stays on and the automatic door secures the hens.

A power outage during the day could be bad news -- we have foxes and pine martens nearby -- solar powered battery backup will cover that eventually. The only times I've lost chickens to a fox have been when the fence was off.

ballygannon
Friday, August 13th, 2021

There's a big chance you'll get your killed chickens during the day as it would during the night.
I left my coop opened during the night a few times with the electric fence on and nothing ever happened but it was during mid day that they were killed.

Marcas
Saturday, August 14th, 2021

Some people just don't want to know Marcas🙄

nama-man
Sunday, August 15th, 2021

some people don't want you giving out about everything.

Marcas
Monday, August 16th, 2021

All you do is complain.

Marcas
Monday, August 16th, 2021

To Marcas
Was the electric fence on during that day? Was it a fox? How many birds?

SaySoMeanSo
Monday, August 16th, 2021

It wasn't on and it was 2 mink. They killed all 6 birds but I managed to trap the 2. I now leave it on during the day.

Marcas
Monday, August 16th, 2021

I don't know what is with the dumbass comments here without any advice.
Yes you can leave them out at night if your fencing is secure.
But it has to be very secure. Poultry netting is good but I wouldn't bank on it 100 percent, its prone to being shorted by Aa fallen twig or heavy grass or anything that touches it.
Either have a covered run with half inch or inch welded mesh all around or an uncovered run with 6ft fencing with mains electric wire. One strand on top two at the bottom.
Bit of cost and maintenance involved so I guess that's why people don't do it.

Adrian Kelly
Thursday, August 19th, 2021

Small chance of buzzards during the day and night if you go uncovered but generally everyone takes this chance

Adrian Kelly
Thursday, August 19th, 2021

If a power outage happens, always good to have a spare battery

Adrian Kelly
Thursday, August 19th, 2021


You must have an account to comment here.

You must be registered with an email address to comment.

Click here to create an account. It only takes a few seconds.